This year I have worked with 8 mother's called Kate.
Does this mean that if you're named Kate you're destined to have a selective eater? I would say that's a definite no :)
However, there are so many myths and false assumptions surrounding challenges with eating I wouldn't be surprised if being called Kate suddenly appeared on the list!
I spoke to a client on Fri and she was telling me how excited she was that her son ate a ham sandwich. She had to share the news with her hairdresser (who also has a super selective eater) as she was the only one who would understand what a huge achievement this was.
Children who are super selective will often not eat when put under pressure or rewarded. This means that bribing with rewards often doesn't work nor does saying eat or starve.
There are children who are so scared to eat something out of their comfort zone they would literally starve themselves rather than eat a new food (it's like someone offering you a plate of spiders).
Taking one bite is often insurmountably challenging.
So following advice that is designed for the average fussy eater is not necessarily going to support a very selective eater. In fact, some of the strategies may even make things worse.
For all children struggling to eat variety the important component is making them feel comfortable around food. Creating an atmosphere that returns the joy to mealtimes for everyone.
Some things you can do today that support better eating are:
- Having relaxed meals that everyone looks forward to
- Not pressuring our child to eat
- Serving variety even if they only eat the nuggets
- Modeling eating as often as possible
- Giving our child the opportunity to interact with new foods
- Being confident we are able to support our child to eat
Implementing these effectively in a specific household with a specific child is what we specialise in. Please get in contact if you'd like support. Over the long holidays is the best time to tackle eating issues. Children are less likely to be overtired and over-stimulated.
No cost initial appointments available to find out more about how we can help you: https://www.theconfidenteater.com/contact.html
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.