There aren’t many parenting challenges that cause more concern, conflict, and sheer frustration than a child who won’t eat. Attempts to balance your youngster’s need for proper nutrition with their finicky tastes can drive you to the brink of insanity. Take heart! Today’s video has some straightforward, effective tips to help end the battle at the dinner table.
Dana Obleman: Hi, I’m Dana. Welcome to this week’s video. Today I want to talk about your child not eating. I get emails from people all the time saying, “Dana, my child my won’t eat.”
First of all, let’s look at that sentence, “your child won’t eat”.
I know that that’s not true and you know that that’s not true. You child does eat. He just doesn’t eat what you want him to. Today I’m going to give you a few tips for making the experience a little more manageable.
I’m a firm, firm believer in not forcing kids to eat. I think that’s a terrible relationship that you’re setting up. That there’s some foods that are yucky and I have to eat them. There’s other foods that are delicious and I get to eat them. It really sends a confusing message to children about what the purpose of food is.
Don’t force. What you need to do though, is first of all look at the timing. If you’re talking about a toddler here, even a preschooler, they need to eat roughly every two hours.
A lot of people let too much time pass. What happens when a child gets too hungry, they don’t eat. Or they get so frustrated their blood sugar drops and they get grumpy and fatigued. Then they just refuse to eat. You really want to keep an eye on the time. Every two hours there should be a meal or a snack.
Tip number two is that you should provide some sort of choice around the meal or the snack. A good rule of thumb is three things. Maybe snack time there’s some cheese, some bread and butter and some grapes,…