Fussy Eaters!

We’ve all been there! Either had a child of our own who is a fussy eater or had someone over for a play date with a list of what they will and won’t eat.
After an incident I witnessed while out for a family dinner the other week I’m not surprised that it’s such a problem for some parents.

We were having a meal in a local Pizza and Pasta Restaurant. As is usual, Buddy asked to try my food. A Chilli Baked Potatoe. I scooped some onto the fork and gave him a taste. He liked it so I gave him a bit more. 

Little Miss OMG wanted in on the food sharing so I gave her a bit. She didn’t spit it out but didn’t take a second mouthful. 

On our way out I overheard a girl, who looked about 8, asking her Mum could she try some of her dinner. The mother’s reply astounded me. 

“You won’t like it. Just eat your sausage and chips.”

How can parents like this expect their children to eat a varied and balanced diet? It looked like a chicken pasta dish, in a tomato and herb sauce with onions and peppers. Nothing too fancy.

From a young age we let our children try our food. Most days we all get the same thing so it’s not an issue. 

I’ve listed a few tips here to help get children to try other foods.

  1. Never force them to eat anything if they say they don’t like it. This just leads to a battle of wills. 
  2. Tell them to Try the new food and if they don’t like it they don’t have to eat it. Do this every time and eventually they will adjust to the taste and eat it.
  3. Don’t hide foods they say they don’t like in with other foods. If they find it there will be trouble and getting them to try new things will be even harder.
  4. Only give small taster portions of new foods. If it’s only a small amount they are more likely to eat it.
  5. Get them involved in the preparation and growing (if you can) If they have helped grow, prepare and cook the food they are more likely to eat it.

Have you a fussy eater? Is there anything you’ve found helps get children to try new foods.


5 thoughts on “Fussy Eaters!

  1. I’m really surprised she wouldn’t let the child try it.We have been lucky with ours not being very fussy.My oldest & youngest will try anything but my middle one is a bit more unwilling to try new things,we let him try if he wants & don’t force as you say it makes it worse in the long run.Great tips!

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  2. Ah some good tips here. My daughter used to like tomatoes but now refuses them. But now she’s speaking she says “no like it” so now I know I don’t bother attempting to force it down her! And I also have learned not to hide courgette in stuff, she just finds it and then refuses to eat the rest! x

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  3. Great tips! I once read that you should ensure your child has tried a food 12 different times. I always say to mine that they should try it and then they can decide if they like it or not. Youngest is really fussy so I involve her with helping me make dinner and that works a lot! Although, the kitchen doesn’t like it!

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  4. Love these tips! Completely agree, the best thing is to have a relaxed attitude and not make it a power struggle. Little M started being a bit picky at age 3, but has gradually got better. Now he’s still a bit picky, but is starting to try new things more. What has worked for us has been to offer him the same as everyone else, but with some healthy sides that we know he will eat. It takes the pressure off everyone. We usually ask that he tries one bite of a new food, but don’t force him to eat it all. I think the attitude to eating is more important than what they eat (assuming that it’s healthy and not junk of course!!) Little M easts healthily, but is a bit resistant to new foods. We are getting there though! x

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  5. Now I sort of agree with you in that kids should be encouraged to try a wide veriety of foods, but I remember when my boy was young he was very fussy and stubourn. If I suggested he try something he would refuse but if I was eating something and said it was mummys special food and not for little boys he would want to try it. So although it may have looked like I was stopping him having a varied diet there was a reason for it.

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