The way we speak and relate around things can impact outcomes. Language is important. As we've all become aware there is a big difference between saying "you're a naughty boy" and "what you did wasn't kind".
This is one of the main reasons I'm "The Confident Eater" rather than "Picky Eating Rescue". Although "picky" and "fussy" are terms that are often used to describe the way people eat they can also be self-replicating in a negative way.
Calling someone a "picky eater" is like labeling them "the naughty girl". It can reinforce all the behaviours we least appreciate.
It also gives them a pass on trying new food. "I can't try that as I'm the picky eater".
I prefer to talk about the positive aspects instead. How can we support our child to be more confident about new food? How can we help them learn to eat foods that are not in their comfort zone?
And most importantly how can we make food joyful and pleasurable?
If our child does have a "picky" label it really does help long term if we can rephrase that both for them and the people who support them.
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.