Updated: Mar 30
Trust, on all levels, is critically important when it comes to picky eating and helping our child to eat more widely.
It’s a question I always ask parents of fussy eaters. Does your child trust you when it comes to food?
Sometimes, the answer is not clear-cut. So, let us dive a little deeper into what this means in practical terms.
Trust in picky eating
Trust comes in many different forms. Let us look at some of the key areas:
Trust in what is being served
Is your child comfortable with the food on their plate? Or do they pick at it and lift it up and examine it? If they do these things, it could be a sign that they are not 100% sure that they believe what you say the food is, is what it actually is.
This is one of the main reasons I am very anti-hiding. I know that it seems like a simple solution and an easy way to get more nutrients into our child, but I feel it is a short-term, parent focused exercise.
Yes, we may be able to grate a bit of carrot into a meatball, but our child is:
i) Not learning to eat that carrot
ii) Is not going to voluntarily add a carrot if given independence
iii) Probably not going to have a good reaction if they spot it?
I have spoken to dozens of parents who have been caught out adding something to a favourite muffin or smoothie or meatball. Their child has spotted the unwelcome ingredient and now refuses to eat that food.