Picky Eater Tips

Friday, April 08, 2022

Sometimes feeding kids is hard. We have gone through stages of having really good eaters, and have really picky eaters. I think it is pretty common for kids to go through stages, but in those times of pickiness it can be challenging to make sure kids are getting the food that they need. 

I recently had a conversation with my friend Cayle and she offered up some really good suggestions for meal time with picky eaters. I am sharing her suggestions below in case you are on the struggle bus with me.

Oh and here is a picture of my pickiest eater...he may be a little stinker, but he sure is cute! 




1. Never cook 2 meals. EVER! This will encourage them to throw a fit and know that another option that they love is one tantrum away. They will not starve and if they are hungry enough they will eat what is in front of them.

2. Be patient with new foods. It might take them 5 or 6 times to try the new food. Just do not force them to eat and and always tell them how you are proud of them when they try it on their own. Positive encouragement will always win.

3. Keep offering foods over and over. They will eventually try it. Just don't make it a big deal. Keep putting those green beans on their plate. They will get curious eventually and try it.

4. Be a good role model. Be sure you are eating what you are expecting your child to eat as well.

5. Encourage your kiddo to shop, cook and unload groceries with you. Explain to them how you take that box of pasta and cook it and turn it into spaghetti. Or, how you use the cheese in the casserole. Showing and talking to them about food will allow them to ask questions, peak their interest and have them be more inclined to try it knowing the steps it took from grocery store isle to their plate.

6. Do not force feed and respect their appetite. It is ok if they do not eat all 7 pieces of broccoli on their plate. The idea is that they tried it. Not everything is going to be their favorite, they are allowed to have 'least favorite foods' like us. Just thank them for trying it and ask them what they do or don't like about it in a positive tone. It might be a texture thing and most kids will grow out of that.

7. Make it fun. Cut their foods into shapes and let them eat it how they like it best. If they want to dip their broccoli in ketchup...who cares, let them! We like to dip in weird things too...allow them to be creative and test the waters with foods on their own.

8. Eliminate distractions at dinner time. NO TV, cell phones, Ipads, tablets or headphones. This will have them stay focused on eating, allow for more family conversation and be intuitive about what they are eating.

I love these tips! To add to what Cayle has already said, I also want to suggest planning out meals in a manner that sets you up for success! If you know that one of your kiddos doesn't like pasta try to limit the number of meals that include noodles. And to make it fun, try letting your kids plan supper one night a week. Maybe you will eat PB&J, but your kids will be excited that they planned it and everyone ate it. AND they may be more open to trying the meals that you pick out next time.

Cayle has a blog and podcast full of other useful advice! Make sure you check them out by clicking below. 


I hope you found these tips helpful! If you are in the midst of feeding picky eaters, you are not alone! 



Spring Fun List

Monday, February 21, 2022

I know that we are being teased with this tiny bit of warm weather & I intend on fully ignoring the snow in the forecast in hopes that it will change its mind. The kids played outside for a couple hours this morning and I opened up a couple windows to let the fresh air in. I am ready for spring! SOOO ready!
 


The kids helped me come up with a list of activities to do as soon as it warms up. I may not ever get them inside once the weather changes, but that is totally okay with me.

SPRING

make mud pies
start seeds
fly kites
make flower bombs
build an outdoor fort
go to the farmers market
eat breakfast outside
go fishing
make a nature craft
pick wildflowers
bake a pie
go for a hike
play barefoot outside
color with chalk
go birdwatching
drive with the windows down

Note that last one...the kids LOVE to drive around with the windows down & music blasting. They call it  kid power, and they request it every time we get in the car. 

What warm weather activities are you looking forward to? 














Favorite Fall Recipes

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

I am definitely not a food blogger, but there is something about fall that makes the idea of cooking fun! Pumpkin bread and soup and sweet potato casserole...there are so many dishes that I look forward to when the weather gets cool. I have gathered up some of my favorite fall recipes to share with you guys.


Sweet Potato Casserole: I use this recipe every Thanksgiving! I am actually making three this year. Everyone loves it, and there are usually no leftovers. 

Chipotle Corn Chowder: I made this last year and we LOVED it. Soups are my favorite when the weather gets cold, and this recipe is great warmed up the next day. 

Apple Pie Caramel Apples: Caramel apples are a fall staple, right? I haven't actually made this recipe, but it looks sooooo good & I can't wait to try it. 

Chili Cornbread Waffles: Maybe my very favorite! Put cornbread mix in your waffle maker to make cornbread waffles and then serve your favorite chili over the top...don't forget all the extras! We like Fritos, sour cream, shredded cheese, and green onion.

Enjoy!