At this crazy time of year so many of us are running around like headless chickens trying to get everything ready for the end of school, the start of holidays and the main event on many kids calendar's ....
Everyone has different traditions for Christmas itself but generally there is a big, social and special meal planned.
If you have a selective eater this can be the source of worry, frustration and disappointment:
- Worry that there will be little your child can eat.
- Frustration that you or relatives have spent hours cooking only to have nothing eaten.
- Disappointment that yet another year has passed and yet you still have a child that can't participate in the special meals.
Can we magically get the children eating Christmas dinner?
Can you magic away your worry, frustration and disappointment?
1. Worry. If our child has a very selective list of foods they will eat then we ensure there are plenty of those at the Christmas table. It's everyone's special day so shouldn't it be everyone's right to eat what they like?
2. Frustration. If we know they are not going to eat it then we change our expectations. We focus on the fabulousness of being with family and friends. Forget the food, it's of minor importance in the whole scheme of Christmas.
3. Disappointment. It may not be this year that our child is able to share but we can put that aside for one day. We can also set our New Year's Resolution firmly on looking for new ways we can make changes in time for next Christmas.
Big, social occasions can be very stressful for a selective eater. If we're relaxed it supports them in relaxing too :)
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.