I'm not sure why I haven't written about this before, as it's something I speak to parents about pretty much daily. My bad, but here it is - better late than never!
As parents we often approach food in one way and our fussy eaters approach it in another.
Almost always there is a huge disconnect between how we're looking at things and how our child is. This generates a lot of unnecessary confusion and frustration.
Let's look at an example:
We serve our child a strawberry frozen yoghurt. They love strawberry ice cream so we're sure they will also love this (although we know from experience that because it's new they will probably say no anyway)
- it looks pretty much exactly the same
- he loves frozen confectionery products
- it's the right flavour
- it's the right colour
- the texture seems the same
- I know he'll like this if he only tries it
Logical thought process
- Ahhhhh, it's not my ice cream
No logical thought just an automatic no as it's scary, new, different, safer if I avoid
As adults we're basing our approach to food from a logical, analytical, thinking brain angle.
As a child that is fearful of new foods our child is not thinking. They are reacting to a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable and logic does not therefore enter into it. It is far better to just say no.
This was far harder to explain in written words than it is to discuss in person. I may have to do a video as well :)
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.