If you’ve dealt with a picky eater, you know how stressful they can make mealtimes. My son, John, has always been a picky eater. We fought over food on a daily basis, and I came to loathe meals. For months, I gave in, opting to serve his favorites before preparing another meal for my husband and myself. It was time-consuming, endlessly frustrating, and embarrassing when we needed to dine in public. I knew the bad habits needed to stop.
It’s not just about the inconvenience. Recent statistics suggest that one out of every three children is considered overweight or obese and children considered obese are four times more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than children of “normal weight.” More often than not, picky eaters pick carbs and starchy foods. A diet heavy in carbs is a recipe for childhood weight problems, so having a picky eater can weigh heavily on a mom’s heart. If you’re struggling with how to fix a picky eater, or you’re just interested in introducing a few new foods into your child’s diet, here are three practices that really helped.