The problem with youngsters being picky eaters is not a surprise. Whether you have your own kid or you know someone who has, you must have heard the phrase ‘eat your vegetables’ or ‘finish your plate,’ a lot of times. You must have witnessed the dreading negotiation between a kid and a parent, even in television.
Various books, websites, and magazines offer many bits of advice about child nutrition, which often leads you to confusion on what steps should be taken. Instead of classifying the methods, it is better to just focus on what works and apply them regardless of what parenting styles do they belong.
It is important to walk your talk about child nutrition
Show to your kids that vegetables are edible since for them it is unlikely so. Also, because parents are often the most influential people for kids their age, seeing you eat those vegetables opens their mind to some possibility.
Get them involve
The next time you shop for ingredients, let them pick the vegetables. And when you are in the process of cooking, let them do the tiny task even as simple as washing the veggies. Doing so will make them feel empowered; kids tend to be curious and proud about their works no matter how small their contribution is. They may not understand things about child nutrition, but they do know that it was them who dropped the carrots into the pan.
Loose some tension
One of the most common misconceptions on parents when it comes to child nutrition is that they believe authority will solve everything. Wrong. The more you force your kids to eat all those weird looking objects on their plate, the more they will resist and hate it. What more if you will threaten to spank or ground them for not doing so? Instead, use positive reinforcement, treat and compliment them whenever they eat even just one piece of vegetables.
If you are the type of parent, who has more available time to spend in the kitchen, experiment and create recipes that will unknowingly make your young ones eat vegetables. It could be a cake, juice, a dish, a snack or any idea that would come to your mind that will aid you with your child nutrition problem.
Use their imagination to your advantage
We all know kids have the widest imagination amongst all. Hence, you can make use of it by telling them interesting stories about vegetables. You can even create catchy alternative names to those veggies that would make them interested.
Relate to them
As parents, you can’t expect those little ones to understand the value of child nutrition and all those vitamins and minerals that they would get. Instead, introduce vegetables little by little and in a manner that would click to their perspective. An example of this is by relating a particular vegetable to their favorite superhero or celebrity.
Securing your child nutrition is a challenge especially when you just keep on hearing them say no. However, there are a lot of available means of solving this problem. All it takes is a bigger span of patience and a certain degree of effort.