Note: IF YOU ARE CONCERNED WITH YOUR CHILD'S EATING HABITS TO WHERE YOU BELIEVE IT IS AFFECTING THEIR HEALTH PLEASE SEE A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. NOTHING YOU READ HERE SHOULD BE USED IN LIEU OF OR AS A REPLACEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.
The ‘monkey-see-monkey-do’ mentality rings true here.
The best way to get your child interested in something is to be interested in it yourself. As a role model, they are learning from you all the time and this doesn't stop when meal times come around.
As your child grows, it’s completely normal for there to be a fluctuation in their appetite and eating habits. They may grow to love foods they were never really fond of, and move away from foods that used to be a favourite for them.
Offering a reward for eating food or outright forcing your child to eat food is not a good idea. You are essentially telling them not to listen to their appetite.
Always having fresh fruit available and in reach is a good idea. If your child feels hungry or wants a snack, they will be more than likely to gravitate to what they are able to see.
Though this may seem like an obvious point, it can be difficult to leave the junk food at the grocery store. Though we may be able to moderate our own eating habits, we must remember that we are always setting an example for our children!
Grab an apple with some peanut butter as your after dinner, in front of the movie treat.
Ask your child what kind of meals they may feel like in the week to come, or maybe just ask them about the following couple of months. Having them feel like they’re part of these crucial decisions, as well as the meal prep (even if it is just stirring the pot!) offers a real inclusion in something that is relatively important part of the day!
How have you gotten your child to eat the healthier options on the table!