toddler eatingby Margie Manion

Feeding your child can be such a daily hardship for so many parents! You wonder if they are getting enough food, the right foods, and whether or not they are on a healthy and normal eating schedule.

I have provided some simple ways of ensuring a positive eating experience for your child and you!

The top 5 ways to get your “picky eaters” to eat:

1. Make sure they are really hungry. Don’t worry about the fact that your baby isn’t interested in eating- they will let you know when they are hungry! Kids are on their own schedule and the goal is to ultimately get them on our schedule. They may not be hungry at your 6:00 dinnertime. They may be starving at 4:30- it is a process! If your child isn’t hungry at dinnertime and you think it is because they are snacking all day, make sure they are snacking on healthy foods and you will feel better about them not eating a full meal.

2. Positive environment. Give your child the gift of time. Nobody likes to be rushed when they are eating. Calm parents and surroundings will set you up for a delightful experience. Children feed off of your emotions, if they since forcefulness or desperateness, you may be pushing them away. Most pediatricians will tell you to evaluate what your child has eaten over a three day period- not one day.

3. Special feeding spoon. No parent can escape the inevitable struggle of trying to get a child to open wide during mealtime, and we’ve all tried the age-old trick of making the airplane noise. You might try a baby food dispensing spoon which when you squeeze it dishes out a spoonful of food and doesn’t require having to return to the bowl to get more food .

4. Be Creative. Choose foods that are brightly colored, or arrange them in funny shapes or faces on your child’s plate. Expose your children to a variety of foods. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean your child won’t.

5. Involve your child. Mealtime is a family event. Even if your child refuses to eat, they should still have to sit at the table with the rest of the family. You can also involve older children to help with the preparation. Children can tear lettuce, wash veggies, and even set the table. Kids are more likely to eat the food if they were involved in the process. Make it an ‘event’ in your family by planning it, looking forward to it, and talking about it!

 

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Maggie Manion

Margie Manion graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development. She taught for several years. Then went on to marry her college sweetheart. They have two beautiful boys who are the the center of their world. Margie taught in the classroom for 4 years until she quit to stay home with her two boys. During this time, as a parent educator with the Parents As Teachers program ashe did a local parenting segment, weekly, with WDAF Fox 4 in Kansas City. She is currently a frequest guest on FNC and is back in the classroom teaching 3rd grade in Liberty, MO, as well as promoting her invention and book (Zoom Spoon and "Zoom Spoon and Finicky Philip the Picky Eater" .

Margie wants you to know that, "I am very passionate about what I do. I know that parenting is the hardest and most important job in the world! I would like to reach as many parents as possible to help them to take extra steps to make their parenting experience a positive one! There is no such thing as the "perfect parent" it is an ongoing process and it is never to late to try something new!"

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