Its also good to note that there are many other factors beyond the above which contribute to a child’s fussy bouts, so its always best to bare these in mind & keep an eye out for them. Sometimes fussiness can be down to teething spells, illness, changes to routine (i.e. returning to work, starting day-care) & other emotionally linked circumstances. Exactly like us grown-ups feelings towards food alter when we are feeling tired, ill, stressed or upset.
So here are some of my top tips for fussy eating…..
1. We need food to live. Never offer rewards for eating food. I think its important that children learn the reasons why they must eat meals & eat healthy foods, teaching them that they can restore energy, combat hunger & increase brainpower, is better then teaching them to eat for prizes. I know there are many other reasons why we must eat. I don’t think it’s necessary to go too in depth about the reasons for eating, so I simply tell them, they must eat to get strong, have the energy to play & learn new skills. I do not praise them for clearing their plate. I only offer praise for trying a new food.