Fussy eaters are challenging to say the least!
You spend so much time prepping beautiful, healthy food only to have it sit there, getting cold.
Remember like many things in this age cohort, toddlers & preschoolers are testing boundaries. They are desperate to exercise their evolving autonomy - they want to have a say and control aspects of their life, which they’ve never had an opportunity (or ability) to do. The two most common areas they flex their autonomy muscle are eating and dressing.
Here are my TOP 10 TIPS FOR FUSSY EATERS:
- MAKE FOOD FUN
- Give toddlers & preschoolers this sense of autonomy by offering choice
- Eat ‘family meals’ whenever possible
- Eat the same food as your kids
- Offer ‘share plates’ so your child can help themselves
- Turn the television off
- Keep mealtime calm
- If they don’t eat it, don’t replace it, but don't force them to eat food they don't like
- If dinner is often refused, stop giving afternoon tea
- Get your kids involved with food & meals - and ALWAYS KEEP IT FUN!
So when it comes to fussy eaters: sit round the table together as much as possible, demonstrate and model healthy eating choices and behaviors - and if it wasn’t clear already -- make food fun, not fussy!
The @drgolly 2-5 year Pre-schoolers program has an extended section on this topic.
Read more on Toddler Autonomy here.
Learn more about the Dr Golly Philosophy here.
Shop the Dr Golly age appropriate routines here.