I know a lot of parents wrestle with this. They were fussy as kids or know relatives who "grew out of" the picky eating so why pay an expert?
Do kids grow out of “picky eating”?
Yes, many do.
And yet many don’t.
But let’s take a big step backwards and ask ourselves the hard questions:
1. How long is it OK for kids to eat only a limited variety of foods for?
2. Is it OK for kids to not eat veggies for a few years?
3. Are they missing out if they can’t share family meals?
4. Are you missing out if your kids can’t share family meals?
5. Do you dread going to restaurants with your kids?
6. Are you happy to wait 1, 5, 10 years for things to right themselves?
7. Do you feel guilty your child is not getting enough nutrients now?
8. Is trying to feed your kids driving you nuts?
9. Have you given up getting them to eat new things?
10. Do you feel your child is beyond help?
11. Are you feeling like a failure as everyone else’s kids eat well?
12. Do you compare your situation positively with another child who only eats crackers?
13. Were you or your husband “picky” as kids so you think it’s inevitable?
14. Do you worry about most social occasions on behalf of your child?
If you’re ticking a lot of these boxes, then why not do a session?
And just in case you wanted the answers:
1. The longer your child eats a limited diet, the greater the chance of nutrient deficiencies
2. Veggies are crucial for delivery of vitamins, fibre and anti-oxidants. Nothing can replace them effectively
3. Cooking more than one meal? Catering every day is hard enough!
4. How nice would it be to go Indian or Thai and have the kids excited?
5. Every month you wait embeds bad habits
6. Parent guilt is an insidious thing. It keeps us awake at night
7. Why be frustrated? Life is hard enough and there are more important battles to fight
8. Most parents get to the “give up” point
9. Kids are NEVER beyond help
10. Not feeling confident about any area of parenting is tough
11. It’s always tempting to compare ourselves positively with someone doing it tougher. But does that make our situation any better?
12. It’s not inevitable. We all project unwittingly but your child is quite capable of eating widely
13. Our kids have enough worries. Let’s take away one
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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.