As parents we're the most important influence on our child and this extends to food as well. The way we behave around food and feeding can have a huge impact on how they eat.
There are several mistakes that it's easy to make and we don't know what we don't know!
1. Thinking that refusing a certain food, spitting it out or calling it yucky means our child doesn't like the food so not serving it again. We've all heard the stats about how many times a child has to try a food before deciding whether they'll like it or not. True!! It can be anything from the average for a competent eater of about 6 to 50+ (eek).
Just because our child doesn't like it once, twice or more times doesn't mean that they can't learn to like it.
2. Not serving what we want eaten. If we really want our child to eat vegetables they are not going to do that if we're only serving pasta and nuggets. I know that seems obvious but it's part of the picky eater paradox. We desperately want our child to eat more variety but we get too worried about their reaction to serve variety.
3. Thinking our child can do this on their own. Sometimes they can and sometimes they can't. However, having us working by their side supporting them is going to make a huge difference. We have to show our child how to eat widely and joyfully. The best way to do this is to model. We are their most important relationship so let's use that to our advantage!
For personalised plans and a way out of the stress of limited menu options get in touch for a no obligation initial appointment. Often making the change is way easier than you imagine. This is the perfect time of the year to do it. Long school holidays looming to bed down new habits
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.