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Picky Eaters

Talking with Steve and Rebecca at KXL101 about picky eaters.

Did you have one meal today and your child had another? Did you fix two (or more) meals for your family? Are you catering to your child’s eating whims (and hating yourself for it)?

Taste sensitivities or “picky eaters” are most prevalent in the young child – 2 to 5 year olds. Most outgrow this phase but some don’t. According to Weed ‘Em & Reap “Because food involves all of our senses – see the food, touch the food, smell the food, taste the food, and even hearing the food as we chew it – eating can be very difficult for kids with sensory processing disorders.”

Remember, you are modeling proper ethics around food – eating healthy food, portion control, and you are “the boss” when it comes to what they can eat. (No ice cream until you’ve eaten ‘strong’ food).

Weed ’em and Reap author suggests these “Don’ts”:
Don’t make dinner a battle of wills.
Don’t become a short order cook.
Don’t reduce what your family eats based on what your “sensitive eater” will eat
Don’t let mealtime become about rewards/bribes
Don’t allow excessive snacking. Hunger is a big motivator.

A grown-up friend, who was a picky eater, recalls that her favorite part of meals was gathering together and table conversation. The worst part was being “left behind” when she couldn’t eat what was on her plate – and then she really couldn’t eat along with being emotionally distressed. Be sure to recognize what may be going on around meal times for your child.

Most of all, keep trying. Don’t give up. This, too, shall pass.

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