“No carrots, no beetroots, hates broccoli and beans!”
Does it sound familiar? You are not alone. Parents all over the world are struggling to make their children eat well and stay healthy.
In the article ‘Tips to Feed Picky Eaters’ in indiaparenting.com, Dr. Panchali Moitra (Woman and Child nutrition Expert) says, “Feeding children can really be a challenging task and no matter how much time you spend in the kitchen trying to make healthy dishes tasty for your kids, the verdict always ranges from 'not hungry' to ‘looks yucky' or 'will eat later'. When they refuse to eat certain food items placed before them, we let them get their way and give them what they want simply because we are worried that they will remain hungry because of their stubbornness.”
But don’t give up hope! Here are a few things you can do to improve your child’s eating habits. One of the common mistakes parents commit is force-feeding. Do not force-feed your child. Plan the meals for a day but let your child decide how much she wants to eat. Ensure that you offer your child the same food that is being eaten by other family members; no family member should receive special treatment. Do not use food as a reward or punishment. Do not compare your child’s eating habits with other children.
Children who are fussy eaters do not change their habits overnight but by working towards the goal slowly and steadily, parents can ensure that their children develop the habit of healthy eating.
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