Resolving picky eating
Why children may eat better away from home
This is absolutely one of the key reasons that children often eat better away from home than they do for parents.
It's in some ways a positive thing as they feel they can be more themselves at home. In other ways it can be enormously frustrating as a child may eat grandma's pancakes/pasta/burgers but when we make them they are not accepted.
The reason our children do not eat something at home usually has very little to do with the way we cook it though (see opening sentence). I know a lot of parents are driven crazy because their child refuses a dish that we have lovingly prepared exactly the same way grandma does.
But it's not our cooking, it's the fact that they feel more comfortable about saying no.
It could also be because at grandma's the eating environment is completely different. Grandma may have a lot more time, so she is able to sit and eat with our child.
Our child may be the apple of grandma’s eye, so she spends time clucking and fussing and making sure our child is relaxed and happy. The more relaxed we are, the more likely we are to eat.
Grandma may not have snacks available so when our child gets to the table, they are super hungry. Or she may gently remind them that she is not going to do pudding, so they have to make sure they eat a big dinner.
Or at daycare our child feels more social pressure as they are sitting with all the other children eating and feel more obligated to give something “not quite perfect” a go.
Different rules, different dynamics, a different approach and a person who is just not mum can all play into why our child eats differently.
The huge positive that we always should remember is that if our child can eat a burger under certain circumstances, they can eat a burger. Then it’s a question of getting our ducks in a row to enable them to do this again.
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.