This is, by default, the biggest challenge for parents of picky eaters. The more anxious a child around food, the greater the difficulty.
BUT, and it’s a big but! The first step is NOT how to support a child to do this.
I know this seems counter-intuitive but it’s really important to understand this. It’s not just my opinion but those of all the leading feeding experts around the world. Hopefully we can’t all be wrong 😉
The first step is creating the right atmosphere, the right approach and making sure all the foundations are correct, so a child is properly supported when they are ready to take that trying step.
Without these foundations we will find ourselves failing again and again. It’s also the reason that many of the strategies parents read about and implement fail. Not necessarily because they are “bad” ideas, but because we don’t have the important stuff in place first.
This is the reason that I’m running a “Change the dynamics and approach challenge” in the lead up to Christmas. Once you have this in place so many other things will slot into place so much more easily. Check it out here: https://www.theconfidenteater.com/facebook-challenge.html
I get that trying foods is the goal, but jumping straight to that without having the approach in place is like having a top of the line bike but doing no training and wondering why all the competition beats us.