If you're a fussy eater then you may have to make peace with the idea that your child may be a fussy eater too. Lead by example and try to expand your diet to show him that you enjoy a wide variety of foods.
- Be a good role model.
Your child is more likely to eat a meal he has helped to make.
- Ask your child to help with the preparation of a meal.
Make sure that your child understands what is expected of him when he eats.
- Set up regular habits for eating.
By including a few differently coloured foods on his plate, he may become more interested in his food. If he has food favourites, include them and work from there.
Being actively involved in eating - rather than sitting passively receiving food - will encourage him to take an interest in the food he's being served.
- Encourage self-feeding from a young age.
If your child doesn't like milk, try offering yoghurt or cheese.
- Find a food he will eat from each food group.
Once your child has eaten as much of a meal as he's going to, take away his plate and finish the meal. This will discourage him from drifting away from the table with the expectation that he can drift back later to pick at his food.
- Finish dinnertime.
Your child is not a small adult and you can't expect him to eat like an adult.
- Make sure that your expectations are realistic.
He can always ask for a second helping! Generally serve three small meals a day, with a snack in between.
- Serve child-size meals.
Extracted from kidspot.com.au
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