What to do when you’ve got a picky eater | Podcast Episode 278

“She will not eat with us at the dinner table. No matter what we have for dinner she won’t eat it. She just says “yucky” and won’t eat anything. Help!!!”
So writes Megan, mom of a two-year-old girl who is a seriously picky eater.

I bet, if you’ve got kids, you know Megan’s struggle. I certainly do!

There is help. Today I share 4 things to consider when you’ve got a child who refuses to eat.

Also! Click here to sign up for the “5 Ways to Handle Your Picky Eater” Free Guide, which I tell you all about during today’s break!

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  • A cheat sheet on the 4 factors to consider when getting your picky eater to willingly eat
  • The video of the week: “My child literally won’t eat anything”

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Cheat sheet on the 4 ways you can help your picky eater

1) Understand what’s different at daycare.
Is it more matter-of-fact? Less fraught? A different vibe around meals?

2) Know that often food issues at home don’t have to do with food at all.
From this one email, I can tell how worried  Megan is about this whole thing… It’s possible your child feels this sense of worry as well. Those worries can supersede the actual food that is on the table.

3) Make it a simple fact that food isn’t available between meals.
Megan, our letter writer, is totally on track with this one. I encourage her to keep it up : )

4) Honor your child’s eating patterns.
Our pediatrician encouraged us to think of not just one day’s worth of food intake, but our picky eater’s food intake over an entire week. Sometimes they are just hungrier than other times.

Key Links

Back in 2016 I did a bunch of episodes on kids, food, and picky eating. Click here for a listener-favorite episode… “Feeding Kids Beyond Nuggets and Fries,” an episode that just happens to include links to all our other episodes about food 🙂

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