Your son won’t eat?
It is common among parents to complain about their children’s eating habits, their appetite and their preferences. Dealing with children’s food is not easy at all. It is a daily task that begins before the little one comes into the world.
Check out some tips from the book “Sons: Instruction Manual – for parents of generations X and Y”:
- Present to the small child the dish already composed with small portions of each important nutritional element: rice, beans, a piece of meat or chicken, vegetables and/or raw salad and as a dessert various fruits.
- Don’t make the meal a must – remember: eat whoever is hungry!
- Don’t let your child blackmail you to eat: such an attitude almost always arises when the child realizes he can do it.
- No storytelling, no flying, no “if I eat all” promises…
- When the young child says she no longer wants, or is shown that she is satiated, be sure to ask – calmly and without anxiety. If she confirms, remove the plate. Without hesitation. And don’t go back.
- Don’t offer anything until the next meal – even if the child asks.
- If the child rejects the whole meal, that is to say, does not eat anything at all, you can shorten the break for the next one. It doesn’t mean offering food every five minutes, until she, after all, thank God, agrees to give him the great, enormous pleasure of feeding himself! Nor does it mean warming up and putting the food back on the plate in ten minutes when you hear her say with a cleaner face “now I want it!”. It is very likely that it is manipulation, unless it occurs very, very few times.
- At the next meal, if the child has eaten less than half of what was offered at the previous meal, prepare the dish with the same nutrients as the previous meal – but do not increase the amount, surely, now he will eat more.
- If the child says he is hungry, even if it is near mealtime, don’t “run wild,” bringing him the plate. Take it easy, warm it up, “I’ll puff it up a bit” – that way the hunger increases and he eats more.
- Don’t think that the food education strategy didn’t work if things didn’t improve the first few times. Acquiring bad habits is faster than losing them. The longer you have remained in a situation of blackmail, the longer it will take to remedy the problem. However, it will. Take it easy. Persist. Your child is testing how much you really want to change the situation. Clever, huh?
Text taken from the book “Sons: Instruction Manual – for parents of generations X and Y
Author: Tania Zagury
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