We all know the kids copy us. How often have I heard my eldest admonishing my youngest and inwardly groan as I recognise my words and my tone!
Eating is no different. Our children learn best from watching us eat. Seeing us enjoy food, put variety on our plates and try new things pleasurably.
This is challenging when they are eating nuggets and we're scoffing chicken cacciatore. My advice is always to start with the food that you eat rather than picking "kids food". Despite propaganda to the contrary selective eaters are as likely to eat random foods with strong or unusual tastes as they are nuggets.
I've worked with very selective eaters who eat no fruit or veg except tinned beetroot or capsicum dip. I've also worked with ones who have 2 choices for dinner but eat blue cheese or olives.
If you have really young children my advice is start them on the family meal first. The nuggets/fish fingers/ hot dogs etc. will always creep into their lives as they begin to socialise anyway. But if you can have a few family favourites in the rotation that's so helpful.
If you are struggling with children who will only eat traditional "kids food" then get in touch and we can teach you how to gently introduce choices/variety and get them branching out from their favourites.
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.