How do you handle a picky eater?

How do you handle a picky eater?

Kids these days are a huge fan of junk and fast food that anything else seems tasteless to them. They’ve turned to be choosy about the food they want to eat, and it gets difficult for parents to feed them with the healthier items.

It’s not just challenging to cook food for them but also difficult to get them to have some nutrients. I am sure, we all have a kid in our house who does not eat vegetables or hates dairy products or either the nuts or fruits. So here are tips to deal with your picky eater.

Stay away from Variety cooking:

Let’s be honest: Despite how everyone likes different food in your house, it is definitely not a five-star café serving different courses. Doing so, there will be no motivation to prepare more than one meal for your family.
Serve food which could be eaten by everyone in the family. It’s okay to cook meals that you feel your children like, however, they should not have the last say on every item that is the part of the family supper.

Stay away from Variety cooking for picky eater

Knowing that there are 11 attempts to get your child to like a food type:

It’s common among youngsters to be resistant to new things – including food. Research has indicated that children take 11 tries to consume something. 11 times to accept a particular type of food. So, continue serving broccoli, etc – and even enable a youngster to touch it or play with it to find out about how it may feel in their mouth. Ask your child to take one bite at a time.

Cut down on diversions:

Children can be keener on playing than eating. Therefore, shut down TVs and telephones during supper time and maintain the attention on the meal that is provided. This helps in processing the taste of the food served better.

Serve Smart Snacks:

One of the best approaches to get children (and grown-ups) get accustomed to eating leafy foods is to serve them when they are extremely hungry at snack time. Veggies and hummus are a pretty good option to be served as a snack in the evening before playtime or while they are doing their homework.

But be careful with the quantity, if it is too heavy they may skip having their dinner if the dinner made is not of their liking. Serving salty chips, treats or even sugary granola bars and misleadingly seasoned sticky fruity bites can be a risky alternative, yet not the most beneficial ones. Make sure to give them snacks only when they are very hungry and when it is not close to mealtime.

Shop and Cook with the Kids

Shop and Cook with the Kids:

Children are bound to taste a dish if they helped to plan or set it up. Giving children a chance to pick veggies in the grocery store or other solid food types at the supermarket.

You could also involve them in the cooking process and ask your kid to whisk, mix or choose on the ingredients to be cooked. This strategy works with grown-ups/teenagers as well: Asking them to help with the shopping and cooking increases their interest in that particular item.

Try not to surrender:

If Zack says no to quinoa and is given quinoa again, he won’t figure out how to develop a taste for it – which is why you need to be determined. Furthermore, you can, in any case, make it fun!

Use sticker “progress graphs” to follow your kid’s advancement and give a non-food item as a reward upon completion, Additionally, do your best to resist the urge to panic while executing this plan. Meals should be pleasant, and we like to keep it as such.

Although, if your kid wouldn’t like to complete the process of eating everything on his or her plate, that is OK. Kids need to learn how to fill their stomach even if the food doesn’t taste all that great.

However, be ok with your kid not liking certain food because we cannot expect them to love every vegetable that is grown. Even adults make choices and avoid a few certain types. All you need to do is to keep trying so that your kid develops taste and tries them all. Additionally, be a good example for them as they would copy you, try not to be a picky eater yourself. Happy Eating.


1. Take your child with you for grocery shopping and let him plant vegetable plants with you.
2. Serve food she does not prefer smartly by making variations and make sure to cook the same food for everyone.
3. Keep the distractions away while the kid eats and do not give up as it takes time to develop a taste.


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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