3 Tips For Getting Your Child To Try New Food
Raising kids is hard enough as it is, but when your kids won’t eat what’s on their plate it will likely make you want to scream. Some kids are easygoing and will eat anything put in front of them, but many parents struggle with children who are super picky eaters, whether it’s because they don’t like the way a food looks, the way it smells, the way it feels, and sometimes for no real reason at all! We want our kids to have a healthy and balanced diet though, and sometimes that means having to find ways to get them to at least try something new. Here are a few tips to help you get your kids to try new food.
Let Them Help With The Cooking
There’s nothing better than having your kids help you combine and handle the ingredients to help them understand the food they eat. It will also inspire them to be curious about the things that are being used. Younger kids can help with various tasks such as measuring, weighing, and mixing. The more invested they are in the preparation of the meal, the more likely they will eat it. This is a fun way to get your kids interested in not only eating new foods but in making food as well.
Be A Role Model
Kids like to mimic those around them, especially those of who they’re rather fond. If you want your child to eat something new, it might be a good idea to eat new foods around them while letting them know what you think of it. You’ll want to do this even if you don’t like that specific food, because ultimately this is about getting your kid to try new things. If this doesn’t work for you as the parent, perhaps have someone else be the one that is a role model, such as an older sibling, a grandparent, or some other family member who they have a fondness for.
Avoid Bribes and Forcing
While it can be tempting to bribe your child to try new food, avoid it at all costs. By bribing your child to try something new, you’ll create the expectation that every time they try new food, they’ll get some type of reward. You also should avoid forcing them to eat something. By forcing them to eat a food they don’t want to try, you’ll be associating something bad with that food, making them more reluctant to try any other new foods in the future.
Jennifer Powers is a mother, avid poker player, and philanthropist in NYC. View all posts by jenniferpowersnyc
Originally published at http://jenniferpowersnyc.home.blog on September 14, 2022.