Fussy eaters are very common, so if you are dealing with one every mealtime, you are not alone!
However, how long this 'phase' goes on for or how deeply it becomes intrenched as a behaviour is often down to how we react or handle the situation. I dealt with a fussy eater and know the frustration, worry, even desperation one can feel at times, but in hindsight and following my research on the topic, I probably didn't handle my son's increasing fussiness in the best way when it first began.
Toddlers have very little control over any aspect of their life, but whether they choose to open their mouth and eat what you have lovingly created for them or not, is very much in their control. Often a picky eater is also a strong-willed child, and they are enjoying the power it gives them! So your pleading to eat or irritation that they're not, in their eyes, is getting a lot of attention.
My top tip, and I know it's not an easy thing to do, is to give them the impression it doesn't matter whether they eat it or not. It will likely take some time but done consistently, eventually the power struggle stops.
We will be expanding on this and lots more practical tips in our Dealing with Fussy Eaters Workshop for Parents coming soon, £10 for the 90 minute session.
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By Clare Jeffries (runs our Cobham class)