Parents have often hit a road block when it comes to their child's eating and feel there is no way they can make progress. Or secretly hope it will just happen as they - age/go to school/via peer pressure etc.
The common reasons parents give me for not being able to help their child move forwards are:
1. Their child is too "stubborn".
2. Their child will not even try something new.
3. There are anxieties around food.
4. They have tried everything and nothing works.
5. They do not have a plan, and are not sure which strategies to use.
6. They do not have the time/energy to do different things.
7. They feel their child will grow out of it.
My latest article rinted in TeachersMatter. It's a publication that goes out to teachers all over Australia and New Zealand in print form and via the web internationally.
Lunchboxes returning full is a huge issue for many parents. Hopefully in the article I have addressed some of the pain points and offered solutions.
Even when working with picky eaters who have a super selective diet, my advice is always to rotate not repeat (you are going to have this stuck in your head :) )
1. The more different options we can offer across a day/a week, the more of a spread of nutrients our child is eating.
2. Having varying foods on offer helps to prevent boredom or jags where our child gets fixated on one thing.
3. The key to having variety is offering variety. Even if that is from a very limited range of options it is still important.
If our child has a sandwich for morning tea can we offer something different for lunch? If we have served a yoghurt for breakfast can we find a new option for afternoon tea?
You may not feel this is helpful if you are cycling through the same options daily but it is still maximising that spread within even a limited diet.
I was privileged to be interviewed by the fabulous Monica Ferguson who is a photographer - but one with a unique message and approach - for her series of podcasts.
It was great fun for us and hopefully is equally good to listen to!
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.