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Conquering the threats of a fussy child



Children can be fussy at the best of times, one minute they’ll be in love with the idea of wearing pretty dresses and the next, they’ll be donning an edgy skater-style look. It’s important to accept that as your little ones begin to grow, they’re guaranteed to change their mind on a regular basis. 

When it comes to fashion tips for kids, it’s wise to keep your distance. Quite simply telling your little girl or boy what he or she is to wear isn’t going to work. Allowing them to accompany you when shopping for new clothes is a great option, and reasoning with them when they decide on a completely different style is a must. 

Other areas in which children tend to change their mind a great deal often concerns food. We’ve all been there, trying to get the youngest to eat their greens and failing miserably, yet it shouldn’t be this hard. 

There are a number of simple dinner recipes to choose from – and ones that the kids will actually enjoy.  
It’s often the case that a child will decide that he or she doesn’t like a certain food before actually trying it. One way to overcome this issue is to allow them to help you prepare the cuisine in question. 

By learning about all of the ingredients that make up the recipe and preparing them from start to finish, they are much more likely to try the finished product. 

Instead of allowing the dinner table to become a battlefield for tantrums, tears and threats, it’s important to stay neutral. Giving up quite simply won’t do – it’s not uncommon for a child to try a certain food at least five or ten times before they’ll actually eat it. 

If all else fails, try using the ‘attractive presentation’ tactic. Never overload your child’s plate and if you can, sit down as a family and dine on a similar meal. Being granted permission to eat with the parents makes children feel privileged, which in turn encourages them to try new foods. 

If the kids refuse to dine on anything but fast food, have a go at creating your own healthy versions. Swap fast food burgers for homemade versions created with lean meat, and use fish fillets when creating fish fingers. This is a great way to ensure your child is getting all of the nutrients he or she needs whilst eating their favourite foods.

Do/did you have a fussy toddler?

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11 comments

  1. Thank you for this post! My 13month daughter has just started to become quite fussy especially around meal times. It is great advice to stay netural and to not give up.

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  2. Rio doesn't eat a great deal..sometimes he will, sometimes he'll just have a few nibbles. He will eat lots of fruit and veg which is great..until it comes to putting on weight. He's getting there though :) great post!

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  3. My niece is the ultimate fuss pot, she's only 5 but hasn't tried nearly as many things as her 2 year old brother has. One day she'll love a certain food, the next she'll declare she 'doesn't like it'. She doesn't seem to understand the idea of not fancying something, instead she just decides it's no longer something she likes haha. My sister finds it tough that she's so fussy, but she makes sure she's persistent at getting her to try something more than once, and making sure they always sit at the table together and eat the same meal. I hope she gets less fussy with age!

    x

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  4. Cherry is awful, in fact we have just had to change the way we approach it as I think we were putting too much emphasis on what she ate when we sat down to eat. Now we are just not giving her any dessert if she doesn't eat it but not making a big deal about it. She will eat a mouthful or two of vegetables but that's it and she only eats about three meals. I watched a programme the other night which said about letting them serve up their own food so as it makes them feel in control so I might try that too x

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  5. I do - it's so frustrating but a stage most of them go through! I find bribery is my best tactic :

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  6. Yes, she's quite fussy, she yells YUCK at everything, however this last week she's been a little better.

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  7. Mine wasn't to begin with but nowadays have noticed more fussiness. I've noticed she is imitating what her new 'friends' at preschool have said etc.

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  8. Never had a fussy toddler, but I do have a fussy 5yr old who refuses to eat anything other than BBQ chicken sandwiches, chips, cereal, pancakes, yogurts and toast. That's it, seriously! Its beginning to freak me out as he has to start taking in school lunches next week and I'm at a loss of what to put into his lunchbox! >.< x

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