Picky Eater – Fighting the Good Fight

September 29, 2008

By Jason Katzenback

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Often, the struggle at dinnertime with your picky eater is not so much about food as it is about control. As children become more independent, conflicts can arise as they carefully scrutinize what goes into their mouths. The more you push, the more they resist with the outcome resulting in tears and frustration.

During one of these scenarios, it is not surprising to see picky eater dissolve into hysterics when faced with a tiny lima bean or hear unpleasant gagging sounds after your seven-year-old sniffs the aromatic lemon sauce poured over the baked fish. Then, as the parents become upset, blowing things out of proportion, generally things become worse.

Instead, you will need to learn on finding a common ground with your picky eater, one by which you all can live. Try to remember that not all battles are worth fighting. Therefore, you will need to decide which ones are the most important in your house. Hopefully, food will not be one of them because it could potentially turn the pleasure of eating into a control issue that can last a lifetime.

Your primary concerns should be whether your picky eater child is getting the requisite amount of calories he or she needs to grow, and if he or she has a proper balance of nutrients to remain healthy. The answer is most likely “yes.” Even if your picky eater child were on a macaroni and cheese kick for the next two weeks, protein, dairy, and other vitamins are still included in the diet.

Be realistic in your expectations. Children (not just picky eater children) up to age ten still use their fingers quite a lot in ways that adults don’t, like pushing peas onto a spoon and picking up pieces of meat. They still have some trouble chewing and swallowing tough or dry or fibrous foods, like steak or chops. Part of the problem might be that they don’t have the jaw strength to chew up the meat.

Another part is that up until about age eight their swallow is immature. They swallow with their cheeks, as if they were suckling from a straw, not using their tongue like you or I do. Children this age still have a limited number of foods they readily accept. Do not despair. The number of accepted foods will gradually increase, as they get older. The numbers will increase — that is, provided you don’t make a big issue about it. Often times making a big deal can cause and decrease in food acceptance rather then an increase.

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How To Make A Picky Eater Eat

September 22, 2008

Do you have a small child that just won’t try or eat hardly any foods? Here are
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As your children grow older and start to eat a variety of food, they often times turn into picker eaters. It isn’t unusual for mealtime to turn into a fight with a young children because they don’t want to eat the the food you so lovingly prepared for them.

Here are some tips on how to make a picky eater eat:

1. Get the whole family involved - Everyone is so busy these days; you can rarely find a day when everyone is home at the same time. This makes it hard to get everyone to sit down at the dining table and enjoy dinner together. Challenge yourself to start eating dinner together at least three days each week. When your child sees his siblings, or parents, eating their veggies and meat, they will be more likely to try these foods on their plate as well.

2. No more alternatives – Sometimes it seems easier to just go ahead and fix a different meal for your picky eater that you know he will actually eat. Some mothers with two or three children fix something special for each child. Stop the short cook ordering in your family. Cook one healthy meal for everyone in the family to enjoy. Your picky eater will fight with you at first, but eventually will realize that you will no longer cook him his own little dish. Being a picky eater can in part be a way for your child to explore how much control and power he has over you as well as a way to get extra attention. Find other outlets for this such as letting him pick which pajamas he’d like to wear or getting in some extra cuddle and reading time at night.

3. Introduce one new food at a time – Don’t try to overload your toddler’s palate with too many new foods at once. Present your toddler with one new veggie or fruit for a week. He may not even want to try it for several days. Stick If you offer him too many new foods at once, he may feel overwhelmed and not attempt to try anything new at all.

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How To Get Your Child To Stop Hitting

September 21, 2008

Did your sweet little child start hitting all of a sudden? Here are some great suggestions on how to get your child to stop hitting.

Hitting is a common form of aggression in children. Sometimes children may hit in defense, other times hitting may occur for various other reasons.

If your child hits, this behavior can be altered over a period of time. It is a process, so you shouldn’t expect it to stop overnight. These guidelines can help you deal with children who hit:

1) Monitor activities. If you know your child is hitting, the first step of action to take is to closely monitor your child during any activities. Be sure to keep an eye out for hitting, biting, or scratching. If your child displays any of this behavior, you should remove him immediately from the situation.

2) Take control. After removing your child from a volatile setting, take control right away. Hold your child close to you. Don’t allow her to wiggle free from your grasp. To calm your child down, first make eye contact. Talk to your child in a soft, but firm tone of voice. Instruct her that her behavior is unacceptable. At first, you may find great difficulty in calming your child. After a few times though your child will recognize this calming routine and will comply quicker.

3) Use a timer. If your child becomes aggressive during playtime with other children, consider using a timer. Give each child three minutes with the toy, for example. Let your child know that when his turn comes, he will be given three minutes with the toy. Keep reminding him of this as he waits his turn. After your child’s turn is finished and he passes the toy on to the next child, praise your child for sharing the toy.

4) Enforce a Positive Time Out. Many parents are familiar with the time out routine of placing your child in a corner or naughty seat for a time out. Instead of using this approach, implement a Positive Time Out when your child hits.

5) Provide an alternative to hitting. When a child doesn’t know how to verbally express her feelings, she will use physical force as her method of communication. As a parent, you have the ability to teach your child how to communicate without hitting. Help your child verbalize feelings and thoughts by using their words instead of hitting. Give them special phrases they can use to express what they’re feeling, like, “George really hurt my feelings,” or “What Mary said to me was really mean.”

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