Developing a Good Relationship With Food
So the first thing, the very very first thing you need to do is stop the pressure. The worst thing you can do if you’ve got a child who’s not eating well is to lay on lots of pressure. For some kids, most kids, putting pressure on them makes them pull back even harder. Begging them, bribing them, threatening them, forcing them even, is all counterproductive.
It’s going to increase the chances that they develop an unhealthy relationship with food and it often makes them eat even less because now it’s a battle of wills. And we know toddlers. They’re very strong willed. So, that won’t work.
So what do you do instead? Alright, here’s the big lesson to learn and it was a lesson I had to learn. It is my job as this child’s parent to plan what the choices are and when the choices arrive. That is it. When and what.
So we know that toddler’s tummies are really small and they can only last about two hours without some sort of snack or meal. So keeping that in mind I planned my day around every two hours I would offer my son either a meal or a snack. So, breakfast. Two hours later, a snack. Then two hours later, lunch. And so on all throughout the day. So that is me deciding when. And keeping in mind I don’t want him to get too hungry. Often when toddlers become too hungry they refuse food.
Which seems weird I know. But it’s true. They do. They refuse food because it’s gone too far and now they’re hungry and they’re most likely starting to beg for milk ’cause that’s the fastest way to get some calories into the system.
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