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Is Your Child A Picky Eater

Is your child a picky eater? Do you always end up cooking two or three dishes and is dinnertime always a battle of wits?

It is best that you first discuss your child’s rate of development and growth with your doctor regarding your child’s health. If the doctor finds your child in good health, then you have nothing to worry.

But you can definitely help your child get rid of his selective eating style and eat a healthy and a balanced diet.

Here are some tips that will help you deal with your child.

1. Be Patient With Your Child’s eating style, if you keep shouting and threatening your child it will not get you anywhere.

2. When you discuss food with the child, discuss shapes, texture, color and sizes rather than taste for e.g. you could talk about apples and tell them that they are red in color, in the shape of an heart, and that they are hard to touch etc.

3. Prepare dishes in such a way that they appear bright, colorful and pleasing to the eye.

4. Give your child small portions of several foods, even the non-preferred food.

5. Every time your child completes his share of non-preferred food reward him/her with lots of praise.

6. Let your child accompany you while you cook, this way he/she will notice the different spices and vegetables you cook and will be curious to eat the outcome.

7. You could also be sneaky at times and add vegetables to magi, spaghetti and soup.

8. Stick to a routine and make sure you provide meals everyday at that particular time to your child.

9. Don’t show partiality to your child, making him/her eat a separate dish altogether, the child would not like eating it, instead let the whole family eat the same food you are serving to the child. As A parent you might want the best for your child, but the child will feel left out thinking Mummy wants me to eat the most boring food whereas the others get to eat the best .

10. also the reverse strategy works effectively, you could serve vegetables to the whole family except your child and tell her that its not meant for her, the kid will get curious and would want you to serve it to him/her.

11. Be a good example, if the child sees you enjoying eating vegetables and fruits, he/she is most likely to eat them.

12. Reward the child with dessert or custard only if he/she finishes of the dish.

Keep these points in mind and you will definitely have a strong and healthy child.

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