Posted: Jun 19, 2015
Are mealtimes often a struggle in your household? Do you have a picky eater who refuses to try new food? Do you think your child eats too much or too little food for what she needs?
Children often go through phases where they are less open to trying foods that aren’t familiar to them. Some children will need to taste a food up to 20 times before they will eat it!
Understanding the different feeding responsibilities for parents and for children is the first step in helping your child accept a variety of different foods, in the right amounts for them, at meal and snack time.
The division of responsibility
The parent decides:
The child decides:
Children have a natural ability to know how much they should eat. It is normal for children to vary how much they eat day to day, depending on their growth. Mealtime stress is reduced when parents trust their children to regulate their own food intake. This also gives the child some independence and helps them learn to recognize their internal signs of hunger and fullness.
Other tips to help children establish good eating habits:
Emily Spencer, RD