Fuss­ing about food

THE DOS AND DON’TS OF DEAL­ING WITH A PICKY EATER

JJK e-magazine - - GROWING UP -

As some­one who writes about food for a liv­ing, one of my worst night­mares is trav­el­ling with a six- year- old picky eater, in other words my beloved nephew. Re­cently, I was re­spon­si­ble for babysit­ting him dur­ing a fam­ily trip to Se­marang. When meal times came, he stub­bornly re­fused to eat in a non-air-con­di­tioned restau­rant, pushed aside all the veg­eta­bles on his plate, and turned his nose up at soup. If you think that’s bad enough, tak­ing him on a trip when he was even younger was an or­deal. He in­sisted on eat­ing ei­ther In­done­sian- style fried chicken with rice or bread with choco­late spread. Of­fer him any­thing else and he would throw a tantrum. There­fore, it has been an achieve­ment for us – as a fam­ily – to trans­form my nephew into a less picky boy. It goes with­out say­ing that we’re not the only fam­ily who has had to deal with a fussy eater. Ac­cord­ing to the Ask Dr Sears web­site, kids – more specif­i­cally tod­dlers– are nat­u­rally picky. This is be­cause when reach­ing the age of one, a child’s body needs less food. Fur­ther­more, a child at that age has trou­ble sit­ting still long enough to en­joy food. Here are two sim­ple but im­por­tant tips to help turn your kid from a fussy eater into a food feaster.

DON’TS

Firstly and most im­por­tantly, do not pres­sure your child to eat. Ac­cord­ing to Melinda Wen­ner Moyer on Slate’s web­site, forc­ing your chil­dren to eat causes stress. Fur­ther­more, threat­en­ing or brib­ing them only en­cour­ages a stand-off to prove who can be the more stub­born.

DOS

Claire Pot­ter in an ar­ti­cle ti­tled ”Is Your Child a Fussy Eater? Here’s What Not to Say” sug­gests that par­ents of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of meals and say noth­ing. Ob­vi­ously, this takes pa­tience, but it’s bet­ter in the long run since your child won’t see that re­fus­ing to eat has an ef­fect on you. Demon­strate that you en­joy the food your­self. Keep the vibes pos­i­tive at the din­ing ta­ble. And sooner or later, your kid will be ready to ex­plore more flavours. –

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