Raising a child comes with many challenges. One of these challenges is teaching your child to eat healthy. In this blog you can read tips for a number of nutritional problems that can occur.
The ‘I don’t like’ phase
Quite a lot of children have this phase during the 2nd year of life. For example, your child may want to eat everything at first and then don’t like things anymore from one day to the next. One of the reasons for this is that your child enters ‘toddler puberty’ from 1.5 to 2 years of age. This phase lasts until about the fourth year of life. Another name for this is the ‘no phase’. Your child may then have tantrums and show disruptive behavior. This perverse behavior manifests itself in not wanting to eat certain foods.
The Nutrition Center has a number of tips to get through this phase. Below you can read some of these tips.
-Combine foods that your child does not like with other foods in a dish, for example a casserole or a stew.
Prepare the food in question in a different way.
For example, grilling or baking instead of cooking.
Dress the food nicely.
This increases the chance that your child will want to try the food.
Go cook with your child.
If your child has helped prepare the food, there is a greater chance that he/she will also taste it.
Keep a relaxed atmosphere.
Do not force your child to eat the food.
Do not reward your child.
This only works in the short term. In the long run, this can have negative consequences. Your child may begin to see food as a reward and continue this into adulthood. This can lead to obesity and/or an eating disorder. Give dessert even if your child has not eaten the food.
You determine what the child eats and the child determines how much it eats.
If you force your child to empty the plate, the child cannot learn to listen to his/her feeling of satiety. This can lead to overweight later on, because your child will not get the difference between hunger and appetite. As a parent, you can never know exactly how much your child needs. Some children have a higher energy requirement than others. Of course, if your child hardly eats anything, professional help should be sought.
Your child does not like vegetables
It is important that you set a good example yourself. Often the children of parents who don’t like vegetables don’t like vegetables either. Did you know that your child only knows if he/she really doesn’t like something after 10-15 tastes?
You can take up the challenge with your child to taste a number of vegetables per week. You can prepare these vegetables in different ways. It also helps if your child helps with the preparation. You can then vegetable tasting list keep a record of how many times your child has tried it and how dirty or tasty he/she found it. Let your child choose which vegetable he/she wants to start with.