Just a couple of days ago, I was in my kitchen quietly chopping a bit of cilantro and diced onions for our chorizo tacos that my family would be eating for supper that evening. I walked over to the refrigerator as Little Brother made his way into the kitchen and watched me pull out a black avocado perfectly ripened for our meal. He watched me quietly as I made my way around the giant seed with a sharp knife and sliced it in half. As I pulled the creamy flesh into two, Little Brother looked up at me and said, “Mama, I like avocado’s now.”
I looked down at him with dismay and said, “really?”
He said, “yes, they’re really good especially when sprinkled with the color salt. Can I have one for supper tonight?”
“Um… sure,” I answered with surprise in my voice knowing quite well that he’s never eaten a plain avocado with salt before.
Sure enough, that evening I gave him half of an avocado sprinkled with Real Salt and a spoon to eat it with. He excitedly took it from me and to my unbelief, he spooned out the green flesh and ate it with joy. When he finished, he looked up at me from across our table and with pride gleaming from his eyes said, “see mama, I like them now!”
You know, this may not seem like a big deal to some, but to those that know Little Brother, this is a big deal for me. He’s always been my pickier eater. One that I’ve been spoon feeding since he’s started eating solids. It’s been quite amazing watching him lately. Really, just over the past couple of months he’s gone from me having to sit next to him at the supper table so that I can spoon feed him to hurry him along to excitedly trying all sorts of new flavors by himself and clearing his plate.
Little Brother just turned 6.
So Your Child Doesn’t Like Their Food… Don’t Stress it Mama!
Big Brother is turning 8 in just a couple of weeks and Little Brother just turned 6. They’ve somehow gone from bouncing babies to tremendous tots, and now, to full fledged boys. Big Brother is still the great eater that he’s always been and Little Brother is now coming into his own as well. One thing that I’ve learned along the way is that I stressed and worried far too often about my children eating their food than I should have.
What I also learned along the way is that, for me, its been less stressful to stick to our evening supper rules and let God take care of the rest.
Our evening rules are outlined in this post I wrote called, How To Tame A Picky Eater Even When They Don’t Want to Eat. It’s been key for me to be consistent with our food boundaries according to age. After sticking to this for years, I’m so happy to say that both of my boys are starting to enjoy most of their meals that I make for them.
Below are five tips I want to share with you to help relieve your stress if your child doesn’t like to eat their food.
- All children are different. Just because so and so’s child loves to eat all of their food all of the time… don’t stress it mama. Keep feeding your child good nourishing food and I promise they’ll soon come into their own. It may be years later, but it will happen. Just keep giving them the good stuff!
- A good guideline is to serve 1 tablespoon of each food for every year of your child’s age. So if you’re dealing with a picky toddler, remember they only need 2-3 tablespoons of each food. It seems more manageable that way, right? This is why I established our 2 bite rule that you can read all about in my post, How To Tame a Picky Eater Even When They Don’t Want to Eat. And even if they don’t… don’t stress it mama. I promise you, they won’t starve. They’ll be extra hungry in the morning to eat a nourishing big breakfast that I’m sure you’ll make them 🙂 But, the next evening, keep giving them the good stuff!
- Get your kids involved in the garden and kitchen. From a very young age, kids can get involved side by side with you in the garden and kitchen. This will establish just how important nourishing food is to our bodies and give them pride in eating the fruits of their labor. Check out my post, 5 Simple Tasks Your Kids Can Do In The Garden, for even more ideas!
- Allow your children to make their own decisions. Little Brother for the longest time did not like avocado’s. So, I let him have that; however, I still offered it to him every time I served it. I gave him the option to have some or pass. Then out of the blue, one day, he decided he liked it. He then felt so proud because he owned that decision. Allow your children to make some of their own decisions. It will help them grow into their own and in its own little way is teaching them about responsibility as well. So if your child doesn’t like every single thing you serve… don’t stress it mama. You never know, they may ask for an avocado one day.
- Don’t stress it mama… just keep giving them the good stuff and trust that God will take care of the rest.
Is your child a picky eater? What are some tips you can share with us that have worked for your family?