Monkey See, Monkey Do: Turn Your Fussy Eater to a Healthy Eater
As a mom we want our kids to eat healthy all the time, but doing this could be pretty difficult because kids, especially these days, are becoming more and more of a fussy eater. I’m so glad that there are a lot of self-help parenting websites that gives you noteworthy ideas and tips on how to turn your little fussy eater to a healthy eater.
I have come up with some of the tips that I find really effective and helpful for a stay at home mom like me. These tips won’t be as effective if you don’t put enough effort and patience on it. Turning your kids eating lifestyle will never happen overnight, so remember patience is a virtue.
- Don’t be a fussy eater yourself. Remember: Monkey see, monkey do.
- When serving kids vegetables try serving them in different colors and cut them in different shapes so that they can create fun images. This makes your kid excited.
- If your child rejects the food on the first… second… third attempt… and so on, don’t be discouraged right away. This is where the “patience is a virtue” thing comes in.
- Eating healthy is a good deed, and we reward children doing good deeds, right?
- Create a story (adventure or fairytale will do) on how important eating healthy foods are. Remember, your child has a very creative imagination and they get easily convinced with stories. The story could be about a child (which is your kid) who got incredibly strong by eating fruits and vegetables. Just try to be imaginative. I’m sure every mom is a great story teller.
Those strategies have been very effective for me, but since each child is unique and you know your kid better, just be creative with your approach. If you have a newborn and you want to save yourself from the troubles of having a fussy eating toddler, then you better start feeding your 6 month old baby with real homemade veggies and as much as possible avoid those instant baby foods from the grocery.
I hope these tips could help you! If you have any tips on how to turn your child into a healthy eater I would love to hear them!