One of the biggest struggles that I often hear mothers talk about is how challenging it can be trying to feed picky eaters. It can feel like such a daunting task, one that I think so many of us can relate to. And it’s easy to see why. Cooking healthy and nutritious meals for our families takes time, effort, money, and a whole lot of patience. It’s no wonder we feel frustrated after putting in so much effort cooking a meal, only to be rewarded with our picky eaters moving food around their plate. It can be enough to make us want to give up.
While I may not be an expert on child nutrition, or even cooking with your kids, I have had the experience of cooking for my own four children for the past nine years, and I’ve learned a few lessons along the way. I’m hoping that some of what I’ve learned from feeding my own picky eaters, may help you feed yours….
Dinner time is NOT the time to go into battle.
Most likely he/she is tired and hungry after a long day (and most likely so are YOU). This means we’re also most likely not the best version of ourselves. Patience is usually short and tempers heightened. So, go into meal time experiences with realistic expectations, and remember that we are all just doing the best we can, even your little one.
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