And just one more comforting bit of fact-based assurance: Much if this food avoidance is genetic, and well beyond what parents
For some young kids, it's not "just a phase."
9. You know people are silently judging you because you always order the mac and cheese. But you just don't care. 2. You'll
It's hard for parents to understand how a toddler can go from eating everything to barely touching their meals. It's even more difficult for them to understand why kids are so reluctant to try new foods. And without a big picture understanding of why kids eat the way they do, parents are left frustrated and are more likely to make feeding mistakes.
I secretly (publicly) would love it if he would learn to love produce the way I do, the same way I know he wishes I would eat a steak. At this point, though, besides it having no appeal, I'm pretty sure my body would violently reject red meat, were I to eat it.
After I teach my picky eater program in people's offices, many parents ask (some beg) me to move into their homes. Lately, I've started thinking about a "break-your-picky-eater-from-the-inside" job. It wouldn't be hard. I'd need about a week.
Clients tell me they offer a variety of foods "all the time" and are frustrated by constant rejections. Many parents don't understand and are grateful to learn what a better "offer" looks like.
If you have a picky eater who's well out of toddlerhood, do not despair! Whether you've gotten a bit off track with meals or are just starting to introduce solid foods, now is the perfect time to get going in the right direction.
Seeing the transformation in my own home, as well as the growing literature on the health and wellness benefits of eating well, guided by internal cues of hunger and fullness, convinced me that helping children grow up to be competent eaters is preventive medicine.
Doctors and therapists must be better educated about the complex nature of feeding challenges. Parents must be empowered to know when a therapy is helping or not and how to support their child's eating where it matters most -- in the home.