Every mum whose child is a picky eater sees meals a nightmare. There are little tricks that you can use so that it no longer seems so. To begin, change your attitude towards meals. Let every meal be an adventure and challenge. Spice up your routine duties with a little creativity. In this way, children will become more interested in a meal, and you will turn preparing meals into an interesting activity. A double benefit!
Let the meal be a game. Maybe your child already has a habit to complain about the food that you serve. What if the lunch becomes part of the game? Here are some tips:
• Try to make a picnic on your living room floor
• Play restaurant. Prepare the table and design a menu together with your child. You be the waiter, the child and the rest of the family may be guests. After that, replace roles. You would not want to stay hungry!
• Create thematic meals. Make a royal meal for a princess or a brave knight. Create an interesting landscape on a plate for your child.
Play with shapes. Try serving food in a different way. Children are particularly interested for faces. So, make one for lunch! Make the eyes from carrot rings, face from mashed potato, hair from spaghetti, mouth from tomato. Come up with the face for each meal you make, and not only that - assign names! If a child can become more healthier from a meal, call your meal Mr. Healthy. If it can become stronger, shall be called Mr. Whacker.
Reduce the size of the food. Create food easy for consuming. Cut the bread into bite-size. Create a "Chinese sandwiches" or magical kebabs. Try to cut food into interesting shapes.
Give funny names for meals. If your child likes to watch SpongeBob, make a Krusty Krab burger. Let unpopular food be your secret ingredient. Serve peas as "vitamin bombs". Come up with some wacky name for your meal, that does not mean anything, but it sounds funny.
Teach while you eat. The meal does not have to be endless persuasion of your child to eat something. It may be a good way to spend a quality time. Teach your child to count by counting snacks or learn colors.
All you need to do to force your picky kid to eat is to transform your wooden spoon into a magic wand, and every meal into a magical moment. Are you good at it? Tell us your little tricks!