F for Food – Eat healthy, nutritious, balanced, enough, and timely. These are some of the adjectives which we moms associate with food and we are always worried about how to give them proper nutrition and what to serve them. I am writing this post as a dietician mom and sharing my point of view with you all to help with a picky eater.
Answering 3 main questions asked by moms-
What to give–
It is very important to introduce different food items when they are small. Do not cook separately for them. Try giving them some food like other family members. They will learn to eat by observing others.
How to give–
It is important to make mealtime calm and pleasant. Try to offer new food items with some familiar food items. Do not stuff your child with food all the time. Their food requirements are not the same as an adult. And do not expect him to eat each and everything you serve to him. Give food according to age and the weight of the child.
Where to give–
Do make him sit with everybody at the dining table or high chair. This way he can see others eating and learn good food habits. Please switch off the television or any other electronic gadgets at mealtime.
Kids are easily distracted and will eat only when they are hungry. Their appetite depends on many factors like playtime, tiredness, moods, etc. If you ever force them to eat, they will never learn to enjoy the food. Also, do not give food as a reward to your child.
My younger one was a very picky eater and she still prefers particular things more than others. I used my creativity in the kitchen too and that helped me many times. She loved parathas in different shapes and I used to make star-shaped or a smiley face with eyes and nose to make her eat. Dr. Amrita mentioned some great tips for picky eaters too in her post.
Remember these points –
Eating habits do not change overnight. Be patient and do not feel guilty. We moms have a habit of being guilty whenever something is not going right. Read about it more in my next post – Are you guilty as a mom?
I am writing about the Parenting for A to Z challenge and sharing my thoughts as a mother of a teen and a tween. I will be sharing my personal experiences as a mom and hope to help other moms and also learn from them through this challenge. Read all posts here.
A for Affection
B for Believe
C for Confidence
D for Dance
E for Extracurricular
April 7, 2017 at 1:16 am
This is my struggle point now! My kid who used to eat everything has been on a hunger strike for quite a long now. he wants only hard stuffs now – biscuits, sides of toast, chips, nuts and so on!!
April 7, 2017 at 8:50 am
I know all moms struggle with this. Thanks Tina 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 3:21 am
Yes kids can be so fussy with food. I see so many parents running after them to make them eat. Hope these points will help them ?
April 7, 2017 at 8:50 am
Yes Raj..It is a touchy point. Thanks for reading 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 7:56 am
My brother never ate anything at home except rice until recently. No matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t change this habit of his. Mom had to cook rice for him thrice a day!! Now that he is in hostel, he eats anything without a fuss 😀
April 7, 2017 at 8:51 am
Haha..I know we all value home food when we go to hostel. Thanks Swathi 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 10:18 am
Very important to start good food habits from when they are young.great topic and tips Deepa
April 7, 2017 at 10:52 am
Thank you Amrita 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 10:30 am
Gosh totally my post.. I struggle with every meal everyday.. and what I surely lack is the patience
April 7, 2017 at 10:54 am
Patience is the key Ramya. Try different things at different times. Thanks For reading 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 11:27 am
My folks tell me that I wasn’t a fussy eater, except that I always wanted to do everything “by myself”. As a baby, I would eat less and make more of a mess. So yeah, they had to be patient with me. My Dad enforced the habit of everyone eating together though, from a very early age.
Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com
April 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm
Thanks Kaddu and happy AtoZing to you too 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm
Agree with you buddy. I made these initial mistakes and suffered. Now he sits with us and eats what we eat. Should have developed this habit early on.
Truly Yours Roma
April 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm
Thanks for reading Roma 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm
I think the best piece of advice I ever read re: feeding kids was that my job as a mother was to provide them a healthy, and varied, selection of food for meals. My job wasn’t to force them to eat it. If they were hungry enough, they would.
I haven’t had too many problems on this front fortunately with either of my kids. They each have their preferences, obviously – and tend to snack a bit too much – which I try to curb when I have the energy. But mostly? They are mainly getting good foods into them.
Some great tips here!
April 7, 2017 at 6:15 pm
Thats a great tip Louise. I agree..we should not force feed the kids. Thanks a lot for reading.
April 8, 2017 at 8:48 am
I’m enjoying your posts!
April 7, 2017 at 5:47 pm
Kids and Food are like opposites! It’s still one of those puzzles that I haven’t figured out 😛
April 7, 2017 at 6:16 pm
Thanks Neha 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm
My younger one is a picky eater! Helpful tips Deepa! I’ve learnt too that never to feed them when they are tired or sleepy or cranky!
Shubhangi @ The Little Princess
April 7, 2017 at 8:40 pm
Thank Shubhangi 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 7:40 pm
A child who is a picky eater is a great source of stress for kids but I think we should let the kids eat whenever they want to, or make note of the things they like and try to feed them those. My take, and I could be wrong:)
April 7, 2017 at 8:44 pm
Good tip Mayuri and you are not wrong. than you 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm
Again, another post full of valuable tips. Well written!
April 8, 2017 at 12:42 am
Thanks Roshan 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 10:45 pm
My son was not a fussy eater as a child but he would take hours to chew his food. Thankfully he changed his habits with age. Some really useful tips for new mothers on this page.
April 8, 2017 at 12:43 am
Thanks a lot Vinodini..glad you liked it 🙂
April 7, 2017 at 10:52 pm
That is what happens with the kids! They don’t eat when their mom makes them eat and later when everything is over, they feel hungry! That’s the reason why, mothers run after food all the time 😀
April 8, 2017 at 12:43 am
Thank you Geet 🙂
April 8, 2017 at 12:00 am
Brilliant post there Deepa. I am sure it would help a lot of mommies. Kids are so fuzzy these days , they too have preferences , places and timings. Their favorite spot etc etc.
Hopefully mom did not need these tips **I guess**?
April 8, 2017 at 12:44 am
Thanks Ramya 🙂
April 8, 2017 at 9:20 am
Great reminder Deepa. I’m working on those with the 8 year old, after giving in to her whims all these years and slowly she is changing into an interested eater. Thanks for reiterating.
April 8, 2017 at 9:31 am
Thanks you Natasha 🙂
April 8, 2017 at 9:31 am
Sure Thanks 🙂
April 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm
It’s a challenge for some parents to make their kids eat food. Thankfully, our 2 rules at home (Eat everything that is cooked at home and Finish everything in the plate) and the stringent tiffin rules at school helped our kid everything without any fuss.
April 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm
Thats really good rules Shilpa and its great that kids follow them. Thanks for reading 🙂
April 9, 2017 at 11:58 am
Yes, our thinking matches. I never gave my kids force feeding and tried to make them independent in eating habits and managing their things on their own. I hate Moms who adopt force feeding. I learnt a lot from my life, I was over pampered brat and to come to discipline was real tough for me and so I took great care rearing my own kids…Love should have boundaries.
April 9, 2017 at 6:22 pm
Thanks Ila for these tips. You are much more experienced so we can learn a lot from you.
April 9, 2017 at 10:54 pm