As parents, and especially as mother's we often feel guilt about aspects of our parenting. If only, why didn't I, I should have ....
When it comes to their child's eating it's so easy to feel they are to blame for the lack of variety and volume of vegetables eaten.
But let's add some perspective (backed up by research) to this. Many children are pre-programmed when it comes to their approach to food. Some kids are just not destined to be enthusiastic and confident around eating at the outset.
However, lack of support and conflicting advice can mean that we inadvertently make things worse.On the other side the GREAT news is that the converse is true. We are also in the best position to support our child to eat more widely and that is totally possible.
Often as parents of selective eaters there is the ugly paradox. On the one hand we'd love them to eat more variety but on the other hand we have become too worried to serve them anything new.Not giving children the opportunity to eat new things leads to food jags and funneling.
It means that over time our children do remain focused on the same few foods and are not interested in anything new. The longer this continues the more habits become entrenched and the less flexible children become around new foods.
There are some very simple ways we can support getting variety in front of our children, which is the first step towards more varied eating.
Watch this space for some suggestions to try at home.
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.