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Eight Tips for dads trying to feed finicky eaters

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 18-05-2007

Trying to feed kids canbe very frustrating. Cooking is hard
work and you also want to make sure they get the foods they need and learn good eating habits. Here
are eight tips to help you feed the picky eater:

  1. Use smaller portions so
    neither you nor your toddler feel that the goal is impossible. 
    The correct serving for a toddler is roughly ¼ or less of what you would eat.
  2. Remember that some kids
    just have more sensitive palates than others. Additionally, this sensitivity can also be toward
    color and texture of the food. Think of foods you hated as a child and how the entire experience
    was distasteful.  Some kids just are more choosey about
    their foods due to this sensitivity and it is not an indication that they are spoiled or have
    some character flaw that you can “cure.”
  3. Look for ways to make sure your child gets nutritional value from the
    meals he does eat by sneaking in protein or fruit into things that he eats without any
  4. Try to
    minimize distractions at the table. Toys, cartoons, other playing children nearby all can work
    to distract a child who might otherwise eat. 
  5. Take time at the dinner
    table to make sure your child eats without a fight. Moms will often rush to find other eating
    solutions, including feeding a child dessert to make sure he gets something in his stomach. Dads
    quite often are willing to engage in the battle of the wills to see who will break
    first.  If dad is positive and encouraging, he’ll often
    find an eater at some point.
  6. Don’t use sugary foods to get your child to eat more. You’re just setting him up for
    rejecting a broader range of foods.
  7. Try to offer new foods when you know your child is hungry.  If your child had a snack an hour before dinner and you
    choose that  meal to introduce lima beans, you’re heading
    for a  failure.
  8. Serve a broad range of food at very meal and don’t make a big
    deal out of a new food.  Kids take a lot of cues from
    you and will be wary if they see you acting suspiciously.


Bon Appetit!