You serve your child every sort of food that’s appropriate for them, but they always insist on eating the same dish. This is upsetting to you, and you may try pressuring them to change this unhealthy behavior. You find it difficult to persuade them, however. You may not realize that there are methods to help you achieve your goal with ease.
Why Do They Eat the Same Food?
It’s not strange that your child prefers some types of food and refuses others, for a number of reasons:
- They eat the varieties they’re familiar with; it makes them feel safe.
- They don’t like taking risks when it comes to the issue of food. Getting to know new tastes is not easy for them.
- They don’t know that some foods are good for the health and help them grow and store energy.
- Their refusal to change their menu may be linked to their temperament. Maybe they don’t like change by nature.
How Do You Help Them?
Because you know that your child’s body needs nutrients and vitamins essential for their development, you shouldn’t fall down on the job of convincing them to try new things:
- Let them help choose the daily meals. Ask their opinion to find out different things they like to eat.
- Never neglect their favorite meal. Put it on the table once a week, and explain to them clearly why they shouldn’t eat the same thing every day. Tell them it’s a mistake and bad for them.
- Let them choose what will go with the main dish, for example vegetables, sauces, and herbs.
- Pay attention to their breakfast and add a lot of colors to it, like fruit salad and honey.
- Let them come into the kitchen and help you prepare the dishes they refuse to eat. This may make them feel that they’ve accomplished something important and push them to eat it.
- Transform the ingredients into the heroes of stories you invent. For example, make an apple the hero that rescues the story’s characters from the evil germ.
- Eating a variety of foods gives your child’s body essential nutrients for development.
- Gradually add foods to the table that are new to them.
- Develop your child’s sense of taste by having them taste food you’ve prepared and asking them about it.