Nowhere is it more important than in the diet of a selective eater. And I get that it sounds counter-intuitive as by definition hesitant eaters have a narrow band of foods they like to eat.
However, by feeding our children the same meals on rotation we're creating a psychological block for change. The less they see new food, the less they are willing to accept new food.
It also contributes to food jags where children become comfortable with one thing at a meal and it has to be that food or nothing. Over time this can narrow further to a specific brand.
By not challenging that narrowing of choices we can inadvertently contribute to a funneling of options.
Which is why it's really important that we constantly look for ways to increase variety and to introduce change. This may be in really small ways but it's important we do so.
It could be toast cut into triangles instead of squares, it could be yoghurt out of a bowl instead of a pot. The more comfortable we are with change the easier new things are.
If you'd like to brainstorm some suggestions for your child contact me at Judith@theconfidenteater.com
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.