You’re worried because your child is refusing to eat every type of food. You prepare every dish they like, and still they insist on refusing. After this, you try allowing them to eat sweets or go somewhere they love if they finish eating… We know you’re scared for their health, but here are a few clever ways that would make for better solutions to this problem.
- If your child is flat-out refusing to eat food, your worry won’t help. It’s best for you to take a few practical, helpful steps. First, have them tested to be certain that they’re not suffering from any health problem.
- Don’t make the mistake of forcing them to try food. That will make them hate it and refuse even more emphatically.
- Furthermore, don’t rush to congratulate them if they eat a few spoonfuls of their food. Make sure they understand that eating is not something they do to make you happy but something that is necessary that provides their body with nutrients and protects their health.
… At the Table
- When every member of the family sits down at the table, your child refuses to come, too. Never accept their absence.
- If they refuse to eat a specific dish, serve them just a little bit. A large quantity could scare them. However, it’s a mistake to force them to eat it.
- Of course, don‘t prepare special food just for them. Try explaining what’s in the dish in front of them. Some of the ingredients might encourage them to eat it.
- Your child should know that there’s a set time for sitting down at the dinner table and that they cannot chew meat or vegetables for hours.
- If you force them to finish their dish, know that this is a mistake. After a limited time, return the dish to the kitchen without comment and without letting your face show that you are upset or angry.
- Be careful when you talk about the problem of their appetite with their father or one of your friends or relatives… They may listen to what you say. If they think you consider their refusal a big deal, they may keep refusing.
- Don’t punish them if they refuse to eat, and don’t reward them if they do eat. Don’t let them see that their refusal to eat upsets you or makes you sad.