(parents, children, fussy eating, picky eating, 0 – 10yrs)
7th May 2021
I blame the parents!
Its easy to blame parents for fussy eating in children but research shows feeding difficulties are due to a skills deficit (1). Eating is actually a learned behaviour that we often overlook and think it comes naturally.
We can teach our children to eat but we need to remember that every child is different and some may take longer than others to enjoy a varied diet.
Do you find mealtimes stressful because they won’t eat what you have made?
Many of us parents do at some point. Did you know that;
- ¼ to ⅓ of all children go through some feeding problems between the ages of 0 to 10 years (1).
- Only about ½ of children will outgrow their fussy eating/picky eating (1).
Is my child a fussy eater?
Not sure if your child is a fussy eater. Then take a look at my free checklist to find out.
what can I do? supporting fussy eaters
If you know your child is a fussy eater then here are three top strategies to get you started. Remember it takes time, so don’t expect any instant changes.
Have you considered a workshop to help with supporting fussy eaters?
For more strategies and in depth evidence based advice, why not consider a fussy eating workshop which will guide you through more than 10 strategies, provide email support for a month (with a registered Nutritionist) and you will have access to a support group of other parents.
What will I learn from a workshop?
- The difference between fussy eaters vs problem feeders & identify which your child is.
- Understand the reasons for fussy eating/food refusal
- Identify common pitfalls and how to cope.
- Put in place 10 strategies to support your fussy eater
- Find further info and join the support group.
Check out our group or individual workshops.
Do you worry your child is eating a very limited diet?
I provide 1 – 1 consultations if you would like me to take a more in depth look at your child’s diet. Book free call today!
References for this blog can be given on request