We are all aware of how important it is to encourage children to eat fewer sweets and more fruit, but the reality is often very different! Tantrums at mealtimes, food pushed around the plate after we have spent so much time preparing it and more stimulating things on TV than on the dinner plate can make mealtimes stressful for the whole family.
As the mother of two children – one who will try anything and the other who has no interest in food at all – I have come to realize that there is more going on that just ‘how children are raised’. If only it were that simple! I certainly noticed a difference once they went to school, although I have come to understand that while school dinners may be an easy and obvious culprit, that also coincided with the age a child’s pallet begins to change and develop, so maybe that isn’t such a simple reason either.
After several years of searching for answers, I have come across several things that have really helped along the way, not least when I enrolled my daughter on a Child Health Study with over 1,000,000 participants around the world to monitor children’s eating habits. As a result of this research I have put together an ebook full of ideas, inspiration and a warning of what to look out for if the ‘picky eating’ starts to develop into an actual eating disorder.