How to teach a child not to fuss during meals: 5 useful tips from experts

By SSPDaily editionJan 19, 2024 11:00 AMLife
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How to teach a child not to fuss during meals
How to teach a child not to fuss during meals. Source: www.babycentre.co.uk

If a child is picky about food, it is a serious problem that needs to be addressed one way or another. The task is complicated by the fact that shouting, forcing, or trying to 'bribe' a picky eater is not the best solution.

Instead, the Business Telegraph recommends staying calm, being patient, and trying to encourage good eating habits gradually. To make it easier for you to overcome this difficult period, experts have prepared some useful tips.

From the perspective of child psychology, it is essential to start by creating a positive image of an eater, setting an example through your own behavior. Young children tend to mimic their parents' behavior. Therefore, if a child sees you eating something different from what you offer them, the natural reaction will be to refuse. Conversely, if an adult shows that they enjoy children's food, the problem may resolve itself.

Another crucial aspect of a child's proper nutrition is a set schedule, including three main meals and two additional 'sessions': breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner. The question arises: should children be allowed to skip meals? In general, psychologists suggest that this is undesirable, but forcing them to eat is even worse, so look for compromise solutions.

To avoid spoiling your child's appetite, refrain from giving them anything that might make them feel full before meals, such as juice or milk.

Experts in baby food also advise paying attention to the dining environment, ensuring that it is comfortable and appealing to children. It is also a good idea to involve the child in the preparation of meals. This way, interest in the process will naturally lead to interest in the food.

The most important advice from experts is patience. Don't expect quick results, they advise, and be prepared for the fact that it will take some time for the child to change their attitude toward food.

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