One of the biggest hurdles to moving forwards when we have a picky eater, is getting new foods tried and added to the menu.
We serve the same foods week in, week out and nothing we try outside of those seems to stick.
We can be one of the "lucky" parents where our child will actually try the foods before deeming them not acceptable. Or, we may be one of the families where no new foods should ever be considered!
One of the most commonly asked questions is how do we add foods to a child's menu. Especially the 99% of parents who I speak to who tell me that their child is so stubborn :)
This is not a simple answer to give, I'm afraid. If it could be distilled into 3 sentences I would be a gazzillionaire! Unfortunately, it's a whole combination of actions, strategies and approaches that over time make a difference.
One thing that is really important, and that you can start working on today though is change. Change supports new. In fact, change is the precursor to new. If we're not able to accept change then how are we ever going to be OK with new?
This is one of the overriding principals of my new book - Creating Confident Eaters. It takes parents through really simple, easy to understand concepts and shows how to execute ideas that enable us to show our child change.
Not frightening, challenging steps, but often fun things we can do that our child enjoys. Yep, as hard as it is to believe that it's true, a lot of what I implement in my programs, or gift via the guide, are things that children enjoy.
If we have a super selective eater the first step may be just changing up presentation, or even using a new serving vessel. This could be very challenging for some so our approach is also important.
We don't want mealtime ambushes where we surprise our child at the table - which could be distressing. We want to get them on board and get them excited about what we're doing.
For example, if our child always has Nutrigrain with milk, can we put the milk into a jug and let them serve themselves. It's a tiny change, but it's a change never the less. Every time we show change we are challenging their rigidity. We are showing them something slightly different and that builds resilience.
Giving our child choice and empowering them to be in control, by for example, pouring their own milk, can be very positive.
The guide Creating Confident Eaters takes commonly eaten foods like toast, crackers and pasta etc. and shows parents in tiny steps how they can make changes that children will be OK with but that overtime support new.
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.