After years of working with very frustrated parents of varying degrees of picky eaters, I’ve been doing a deep dive into how to best help you.
A group of parents shared their take on how their child is picky and it ranges in issues:
Can you relate to these results?
As well as the above, there’s a lot more that goes on with any picky eater situation. The frustration and worry being the two biggest weights on the parenting shoulders.
The most common thing that I hear from parents is that they’re donewith the struggle of fighting to get their kids something healthy and nutritious to eat – that they love! Some people still search recipe books (like my mine - Sprout Right Family Food), and now with the internet, they’re also spending hours searching online for different recipes to make their picky eaters try something a bit more nutritious than chicken fingers and French fries.
I get why parents give up and head for the fridge and what they know their kids will eat. You're tired, stressed and at the end of your rope. Spending all that time searching for what to make, then the time that it takes to make a nutritious meal, and it’s flatly refused, thrown or plate tipped (depending on the age). And that’s at home. What about when you’re out and have to navigate a family or friends gathering and pray that they don’t throw a fit when veggies are put on their plate. Or worse, refuse what’s offered or say I DON’T LIKE/WANT IT in their outside voice at the table. The floor doesn’t open up fast enough to swallow you up at that point. I’ve seen parents ask for hot dogs, Mac & Cheese, plain pasta with butter, and a PB&J sandwich to be served, just so their kid eats something. It’s so tricky.
In my consultations, I look at all the dynamics of this situation. Please remember not to take it personally that your good food is rejected. Sure, some kids just don’t like certain foods. My eldest has never liked oatmeal, hummus or dips and peppers. It doesn’t matter what’s done to them, they’re a no-go. That’s going to happen, but all is not lost.
My wish for you is that you become confident and clear on how to tackle this situation and know that you’re not alone. I’m gathering a community of parents of picky eaters so they know every which way of coming at this, without the drama.
In the meantime, I’m offering a free webinar on my Top 3 Secrets on Tuesday, January 14th at 8:00 pm EST and then again on Wednesday, January 15th at 9:30 am EST. Register here even if you can’t make it and we will email you a recording. There will be a bonus for you if you attend live and are on the call.
I have seen parents sit taller, walk out of my office with purpose and know that they’ve got strategies for the next meal after they unload about what’s going on for them at home.
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