Feeding a Picky Eater

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There is this book that my Mother-in-Law gave to me for my birthday last year.  I totally forgot about it until a few nights ago when I was searching for a good novel.  Well when I came across this book I couldn't believe that I had not read it yet.  It's a book that every mom should have on hand.

It is called "A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists: 100+ Lists to Save You Time, Money, and Sanity" by Michelle LaRowe.  Now, tell me...who doesn't use lists?  Especially us moms!  We LIVE by them!  At least I do.  That is the only way that I am able to get stuff done.  If I write it down.  You know what I mean?

Well, for the next several weeks I am going to pick a different list each Monday to share with you.  They are so helpful and I feel that I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't share them with you!  Better yet...pick up your own copy so you can have it on hand, it will come in handy--I promise!

Here is today's List:

(Is your toddler not wanting to eat anything you make?  Mine is.  It's so frustrating! They just want chocolate and french fries.  But here are some tips to help!)

*Serve small portions, in small pieces, in small spaces. 
An ice cude tray filled with colorful cut ups in each compartment is a great way to present a combination of new foods and old favorites in a non intimidating way.

*Dip into Dips
Cottage cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, and peanut butter make for great fruit and veggie dips.  When it comes to meat, ketchup covers a multitude of unforgiving smells, textures and appearances.

*Let your child feed himself/herself.
Presenting any new selection in a finger friendly way will increase the chances that your child will try it.

*Prepare it differently
A child who doesn't like the texture pd crispy raw carrots may love them steamed and soft.

*Slow and steady
Less is more when introducing new, exotic, or ethnic spices.

*Color your food
Food coloring can dynamically impact the attractiveness of a food.  Add a few drops of food coloring to new foods and you may be surprised  how eager your child is to try them.  (Use strong colored veggie juice for a great all-natural alternative.)

*Share a fork
Kids will often be more eager to try something new if it comes from your plate.

*Encourage turn taking
Insist that your child try the new food before she eats her favorite food.  Encourage her to take turns , taking a bit of the old favorite, followed by the new.

*Keep it low-key
Don't make a huge deal about serving up something new; instead, keep a nonchalant attitude that says, "This is just something else we eat."

*Offer positive , purposeful praise. 
Offering an "I'm really proud that you tried a bite!" goes a long way in promoting an attitude of willingness when it comes to trying new foods.

*Don't give up.  
It can take on average eight times of being exposed to a new food before a child may even try it, never mind acquire a taste for it.  Offer the same new food often, even if it was previously rejected.

**Tip: When it comes right down to it, introducing new foods is really about trying--not necessarily liking.

To read more go to http://www.amazon.com/Moms-Ultimate-Book-Lists-Sanity/dp/0800733827 and order your copy.