Jun 04 2012
As many as 50% of children are described by their parents as “picky eaters”. Unknowingly parents may be contributing to the problem. Parents who coerce, cajole or bribe their children to try a food make the problem worse. Parents who call their child a “picky Eater” might actually prevent their child from trying a new food. Parents who serve the same food over and over because “that is all my child will eat” might actually be depriving their child of new taste experiences. And, if you are arguing about who is eating what at the table then meals can become so stressful, that no one wants to eat.
So what should you do? Serve good food in a pleasant environment and let your child eat what and how much he wants. Good food means food that does not have a lot of sugar or salt added and a pleasant environment means at a table with the TV off, toys out of sight, and in the company of an adult who supervises safety and manners not portions.
For ten tips on how to stop food fights, and improve the quality of family mealtime read: