Does your child only eat certain foods (I’m talking about you nuggets/pasta/pizza!)? Is your child very reluctant to try anything new? Do you find yourself worried about what your child will eat at a friend’s house or when you go to family for dinner? For the next few weeks, we’ll provide tips and strategies to help you and your child at meal time.
In the meantime, the first thing to do is try stop saying “picky eater.” Labeling your child can lower your expectations and prevent you from encouraging your child to try new foods. Similarly, a child who hears he is a picky eater may assume he can’t be anything other than a picky eater.
First Bites is a non-profit organization that runs programs in preschools and early childcare centers to get kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables. To learn more about the program and for more ideas on what and how to feed children, visit www.firstbites.org, www.Facebook.com/YourFirstBites or follow us on Twitter @FirstBites.