At our childcare centres in the Perth area, we have seen more than a few fussy eaters. Sometimes fussy eaters are that way because they dislike a lot of different foods, but sometimes they are just being fussy to establish their independence. Here are some techniques for coping with fussy eaters of both varieties.
By the Clock
Establishing regular eating times can go a long way towards managing your child’s appetite. Ideally, your child should be hungry when it is time for a snack or a meal. If your child has established mealtimes and snack times every day, it sets their “internal clock” to anticipate eating. This tends to make the child less fussy.
If your child doesn’t seem to have an appetite for meals, you may want to experiment with stopping snacks. The most important thing, though, is to set time limits on meals and snacks. Let the child know that no food will be available until the next scheduled meal or snack.
A Pleasant Environment
If mealtime is a special time when the family gets together and eats without stressing out about what has happened or is about to happen that day, it can help your child feel more comfortable at the table and want to eat.
You can also do what you can to make meals fun for children, such as animal-shaped sandwiches. Allowing your child to help prepare meals by giving them a simple task can make them feel like they have a “stake” in the meal and make them more likely to want to eat it.
If you are enjoying the food, you often serve as a role model for the child. Another way to create a nice environment is to turn off the TV and make it family time.
Contact Cuddles Childcare Centres
Contact one of our Perth child care centres if you are interested in child care. Our attentive staff is great at making lunches fun for your children.