Does your child struggle to eat certain foods?
Are meal times stressful for you and your child?
It can be confusing and frustrating for parents when their child will refuse to eat anything except their 3-5 favorite foods. However, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude so that children begin to associate meal times as pleasant experiences.
- When you offer new foods to your child, refrain from begging or bribing them to try them. Allow them to simply be exposed to the new food.
- Don’t give up. Some children need to be exposed to a new food many times before they will accept it.
- Encourage your child to be involved with meal time preparation. Let them choose a fruit or vegetable at the grocery store. Have them help you with simple tasks in the kitchen (e.g., rinsing veggies or tearing lettuce for salad).
- Make sure that you, as the parent, are eating a variety of foods as well. Children often learn by example, so if you wrinkle your nose at broccoli, so will they.
Contact us at Enrichment TLC in North Liberty if your child is a picky eater or struggles with feeding and swallowing. Our specialists will evaluate your child’s unique feeding and swallowing needs and establish an individualized plan to help create happier meal times for you and your child.
Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs. At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success. Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.
740 Community Drive, Unit A
North Liberty, IA 52317
5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300
Johnston, IA 50131