Imagine visiting a rural village and being presented with a plate of ‘yummy’ donkey intestines…
The villagers tell you that it is a local delicacy and is very nutritious. However, you are probably weary of how it tastes and feels, whether you will like it or not. Is it slimy, or will it be crunchy?
This is what many children feel when they’re presented with a new food and called a ‘picky eater’.
It is completely normal for a child to be weary of something they are not familiar with. Children often need to interact and try a new food at least a dozen times before they accept it. However, labeling this as ‘picky eating’ frames this as a problem, and puts unnecessary pressure on children, making it even harder for them to expand their taste palates.
I hope more parents can understand how children feel so they can take a better approach to the problem. Eating should be a fun learning process, not something that children should be worried or afraid of.
On my page, blog and twitter, I will be posting about picky eating and sharing any relevant articles. I will also be sharing some of my favourite healthy recipes that the whole family can enjoy.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences with children’s eating issues, so we can create a space to support and learn from each other 🙂