This post is in partnership with FAGE Total Split Cup
Sharing an update on our pint-sized picky eaters today…
Last month you may remember I wrote about the struggles we were having with Edie and Dot at the dinner table. The complaining, the refusing, and screaming (documented it all on instagram here). You guys delivered with so much great advice for managing picky eaters, and I wrote up some of the strategies you suggested. I felt armed moving forward to make some changes, and I wanted to share with you an update on how it was going. What was working and what wasn’t for our girls.
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So after hearing all your advice on picky eaters, we came up with a new strategy for dinner time. Here are some updates on each of the things we wanted to try:
1. Feeding Dot beforehand so she isn’t influenced by Edie’s overly dramatic response to every meal.
This has been challenging to do, I just always forget to feed her first, and honestly I’m not sure it really helps because she’s now become even picker than Edie in some ways. I’m going to keep trying though on this one.
2. Giving them one thing they like to eat on the table.
This was hard at first for me to lower my pride and be able to hand them something easy like yogurt, apples, or raw carrots after spending precious time preparing a delicious meal. But, pride aside, it has totally worked. Generally I just don’t make a big deal of it and have something sitting on the table in addition to the prepared meal. If they have at least once choice they’re okay with, and it eliminates the freak out moment.
This is where FAGE Total Split Cups has come in so brilliantly. It’s something they know and enjoy, and I don’t feel bad about them eating it for dinner (especially now that it’s 30% lower in sugar). Of course I’d love for them to eat a well rounded meal, but at least they’re getting that fruit and protein from the Greek yogurt.
3. If they ask how much they have to eat, I tell them, “I’d love it if you tried a bite, but you can choose what you eat”.
This has worked great. It lowers the pressure but opens the door for exploration. Edie still confirms every meal, “I get to choose what I eat, right?”. Still doing it.
4. We decide what and when they eat, they decide how much and if.
In theory, I really love this and it makes so much sense when implemented. But, we haven’t quite created a system of eliminating snacking that works. Also, I would need to reorganize our cabinets because our available snacks are kid-height. HA!
In general though, things have vastly improved. YAY! What’s worked for you with picky eaters?
This post is sponsored by FAGE; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.