Little L must be one of the worst fussiest eaters I know. Well, I am biased, but it seems like each meal time I am fighting a losing battle. Although when he goes to nursery, he will eat all sorts, what’s all that about? I am trying so hard not to give up on encouraging him to eat more at home. Anything that isn’t a ham sandwich or a piece of toast would be amazing. So I have a few ideas on how I plan to encourage him to to try more food and make his eating habits better.
Plant some fruit trees and vegetables
Little L likes to get involved in everything, so there is no surprise now the weather has warmed up that he is out in the garden messing around. So I think it would be good to take advantage of this and do a little gardening with him. We could plant some fruit trees or vegetables and watch them grow together. I am hoping that as he had involvement in growing them, he may want to try the food we produce. All I need is a good fruit tree supplier, and a little advice and we are good to go.
Make the food more fun and appealing
The one thing I am not particularly good at is making the food look appealing. But I know that if it visually looks good, it may encourage him to try things more. If it is uninviting, then he is less likely to want to. I have heard people have great success with making smiley faces or little scenes on the plate. I may not be good at it, but I am willing to try anything.
Encourage him to cook with me
I think a great idea is to try and get him to cook with me. He is always asking to be involved. I tried it with cereal, and he ate the whole bowl. All he did was put it in the bowl and add the milk. So maybe this could work for his other meals as well.
Relax during meal times
I certainly need to relax during meal time because I do think he can sense my nerves and anticipation. I also feel I may be adding unnecessary pressure. In theory, I could be my own worst enemy. I also need to accept that he won’t always try the food. Some meal times will be a success; others will just need to be written off. But that’s okay.
A rewards chart
A reward chart may not work for everyone, but it has when it comes to Little L’s behaviour. So I think I may try and use one specifically for food. Perhaps a sticker for every time he tries a new food or finishes his meal. I know things like this shouldn’t always be rewarded, but if it encourages him to try, I don’t see any harm.
Finally, I always need to remain positive and give positive encouragement when it is due. I do tend to focus on the negatives more than I should, and this won’t be giving off the message I want him to see. I want him to understand that trying new foods is a good thing, and nothing bad will happen.
Perhaps you have more ideas to share. I would love to hear them.
Thanks for reading