Do you have picky eaters? Here, I’m asking all mothers. Even adolescents are picky eaters. Or perhaps, picky eaters learn more. It’s easy for kids to get stuck in their ways. They may not want to change their eating habits. Many parents find that this is the most stressful area in their home. Being a mother to two young boys, I can tell you that it isn’t easy to set the family diet. It is harder to change your child’s eating habits the longer they persist. Am I talking about the same people?
Let me tell you that, as a form of empowerment, at each stage in the development of your child’s life there are certain things you can encourage to improve their eating habits. You can improve your family’s nutrition no matter their age. Although it is hard, you can achieve your goals. First step? First, as parents you need to know what your goals are. What do you think is wrong? Too much fast-food? Refusal or refusal to eat any vegetables? Will they only eat three of their favorite foods? What do you want to fix? Write it down. This will help to reduce frustration in identifying the behaviors that are bothering you. You can also praise good habits as you observe them.
Also, you need to discover any gaps in your knowledge about healthy eating and shopping. Even if you are aware of your problems, do you know what to do about them? It is helpful to have a consultation with a Registered Nutritionist in order to gain an understanding of what a family’s healthy diet would look like. You can also read about other families’ meals and snacks or ask them. Educate yourself. After you have educated yourself and decided what you wish to change, your prescription will be based on the age group of your child. Let’s look at three different phases, and three different approaches.