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Parents often find it extremely hard to stay calm when faced with fussy-eaters, children ‘yo-yo-ing’ up and down from the table, children getting distracted and eating very slowly, and whining complaints about the food they have lovingly prepared. To parents food and feeding their children represents a show of love, nurturing and commitment. They often have food-related concerns about their children’s weight and about their health. These concerns and frustrations can unfortunately turn mealtimes into stressful and unpleasant events for all concerned.
Changing children’s attitude to food can take a long time so don’t expect immediate results. Persevering really pays off so follow the steps below and find out for yourself.
If you feel that the atmosphere around meals has become negative change the environment as much as possible at the same time as changing your approach. Maybe change the place your child sits at, get new placemats or dishes or cutlery. Let them know things are going to be different.
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