My nearly 5yr old daughter is extremely fussy!!!!!
The only thing for dinners that she will eat, is fish fingers (but only one brand of them, birds eye!!), honey sausages, and number 4 spaghetti with nothing on top.
Lunches, is a flat roll with no butter, ham and vegemite(weird i know), or frozen bread with nothing on top.
Breakfast, at the moment is just a cup of milk, but sometimes she will have frozen bread with nothing on top, or toast that has burnt bits on it and just butter, or very occasionally a weetbix.
Snacks, she will have a salada with either vegemite and ham, or just by it self, never with butter.
She eats apples, peeled and sliced and no other fruit or vegetable.
Now, when she was about 18mths i took her to many a health nurse about her eating. They said that she just has extra sensitive tastebuds blah blah blah. They said (at the tiem she would only eat weetbix), if that was the case give them to her for brekky lunch and dinner, as long as she is eating. That was the worst bit of advice ever!!!!!!
fast forward to when she is 3, and still no improvement. I went to our local health nurse who gave me the number for our closest PPP course. It is a FREE course, and it went for about 3 half days. It was fantastic, and really i knew most already but it was good to refresh, adn give new ideas.
ppp= Positive Parenting Program by the way wink
From that, i PPP'd my Hannah, and not long after i got her eating Apples!
Basically, i had to stay calm at all times, and that is bloody hard i know!! I had to be stern about what i wanted, and expected her to eat. I never offer her anything that is beyond reason for a young child. Simple foods only.
I had to let her know that if she didnt eat what was given, that thats ok but you will get nothing later on.
Stick to a meal plan of;
Have a time frame for all these and stick with it as best possible.
I would tell hannah she couldnt have a cup of milk until her breakfast was eaten, and most times she refused, even lunch was being refused, and it got to arvo tea she was so hungry, that she started eating the apple, at the start, she would chew it up adn spit it out on the plate!! so annoying!!! But then she wasnt getting enough from that, she then started swallowing it. Now she has 1 or 2 apples every day!!!!
I have 2 more kids so it is a little hard for consistency on my behalf, but i am strict at dinner time. I serve up something she likes one night, adn something i want her to try the next. Just so its not all bang bang bang for her!
She is starting school on friday adn i have been telling her for the last couple of months that she is to start eating veges every night,because thats what happens when you start school. They say to prepare them each day for what they are having that night for dinner.
They also say to not make a child sit at the table until its all finished. Set 20 minutes to half an hour for dinner time and after that its taken away.
With Lunch, if it doesnt get eaten, it gets wrapped up and put on the bench/fridge for when they are hungry and they have to eat that first.
Its tough love, but worth it if it makes a difference!!
Hannah will literally dry retch on veges, but i think she works herself up that bad thats more the reason.
She is only allowed to have plain milk or water,never had cordial or softdrink before. They also arent allowed to have dessert, they dont even know what it is! smile
The problem with hannah stems from me, i dont think i gave her enough variety at a young age! Im really fussy too! :0
She smells stuff before she eats it and if she doesnt like the smell, she wont go near it!
Her sister eats anything and everything! Her brother is just like Hannah unfortunately!! sad
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