Help! My Child Won't Eat Dinner

Updated: Mar 30

"If we have every confidence our child can do something, over time, this gives them the confidence they can too. Our unwavering faith in them to achieve, builds their own self-belief."

Judith Yeabsley, Picky Eating Specialist.

Many parents are stuck in an ever-repeating cycle of foods that their child comfortably eats. Over time repetitive menus become boring and our child loses enthusiasm for eating altogether.

Children become used to only eating favourites and this makes branching out more challenging.

Parents are frequently wanting to add variety but stuck as to how to do this without resistance. A lengthy battle over food at the end of a long day, especially if we have spent considerable time cooking, is not what any of us needs.

But changing the foods we eat can be hard and if someone starts messing around with our food, whether real or perceived, it can evoke fear.

The paradox is: the longer we serve only certain foods, the more difficult it is to add new items to your child’s menu, so the harder it can be to make a change.

Let’s look at five recognised strategies for supporting our child to gently add new foods to their repertoire.

Five Strategies to get dinner eaten!

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