Friday, July 1, 2011

Picky Eaters

I have an extremely picky eater. Let's just say that our dinner-time conversation consists mostly of cajoling, sweet talking and threatening. It can get pretty ridiculous and honestly, I feel sorry for our other 2 children.

On the bright side: There is more food for the rest of us {haha!}.

But seriously, there are some things that have worked for us.

1.) No snacks before dinner. We don't starve him, but we make sure that he hasn't had any snacks or food right before dinner.

2.) Play a game. We have a special "magician" game we play. Luke turns around and by the time he counts to 10, the food has magically disappeared. It has turned a bit crazy in our house, but it can be effective.

3.) Make food that they like. Obviously not every single dinner needs to be a favorite, but every once in a while...

4.) Power struggle. Don't make it in to a power struggle. It's never a good thing to do this. If you force them to eat something, two things happen: 1.) Your relationship is based on who has more power and 2.) They aren't going to eat food you are forcing them to eat. Not going to happen.

5.)Let them help MAKE it. This one has proven to be a great tool. It has worked great in our home...and failed, but to have at least one win is wonderful!

6.) As a last resort I have tweaked their dinner. Having spaghetti? Instead of putting the sauce on top of the noodles; keep it separated. Our little man doesn't like them mixed. Come to think of it...HE HATES RED SAUCE! Honestly. So, I put just a little bit of sauce on the side and make him eat it.

Now, this isn't a science. Every single child is different. Good luck and let me know if you have any ideas of your own!

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