Mostly, all kids are fussy eaters. They find it troubling to be able to deal with strange flavours and textures, new foods and meal times. It is equally troubling for the carer or the parents to prepare which is later left uneaten. It is after all no easy task to cajole your child to sit at one place and try at least one bite of what you have prepared. This can prove to be quite stressful for the parents.
Feeding these finicky kids can very often lead to stubbornness of the kids and even aggression, thus, everyday setting the stage for the same drama.
To be able to perform this task in a good way you need to concentrate on the dietary intake of the kids. The research done on this parenting issue has suggested that even the most pickiest and finicky eaters tend to meet if not exceed their energy intake that is recommended for their age.
So as a parent you need to focus on providing your kid with a nutritional and healthy environment. If you are dealing with a fussy child, then encourage them to explore and try new food items. Also involve them in food and grocery shopping to garner their interest in the various eating options.
When joined by your kid for food and grocery shopping, allow them choose a food item, something which they have never tried before. As they grow up a little, give them some money to buy something that they will like to eat, something new. This is also a great way for them to learn about numbers and costs.
For bringing in a fun element to this task, which the kids are sure to enjoy, allow them to buy something for you to have too and you can also reward yourselves for stating it.
When cooking or preparing meals, also get your kids involved. This, can be used as a time to have fun and work together. Allow your little ones add ingredients to the dishes you are preparing, stir the cooking or sprinkle some herbs.
There have been research done which shows that, for the toddlers the chances of them accepting a food item increases only after you have tried it with them at least eight times. And even after this if you find that they are not willing to have it, you can say that it is a shame as every one else loves it including the people they love and adore. And that they are missing out on something that is very interesting.
Try to cultivate a habit in them to try everything on their plate and to sit at the table until everyone is finished with their meal. Remember that it is praise and positive attention which will prove to be the best reward for the children.
Avoid keeping any junk food around the house. This will help reduce temptation that kids may have. Thus, whenever, your child will feel hungry there will only be the option of healthy food for them.
With these basic tips in mind, you are ought to succeed with your stubborn and fussy child. Thus, successfully inculcating good and healthy eating habits in them.