Toddler phase and fussiness in kids goes hand in hand.Almost half of the toddlers refuse their meal and shows least interest what’s being offered.
But before trying to dig out solutions for our fussy eaters; as a parent we must understand the reason for being fussy.
Fussy Eating Facts
These facts can help you understand why children sometimes fuss about their food:
- Children’s appetites are affected by their growth cycles. At 1-6 years, it’s common for children to be really hungry one day and picky the next.
- Children have different taste preferences from grown-ups mainly because of number of taste buds they have.
- Kids are born with 10,000 taste buds as compared to adults who have around 5000 taste buds. The taste bud dies when we grow up. This pretty explains the science behind their fussy nature which gradually settles down when they grow.
- Life is too exciting for children sometimes, and they’re too busy exploring the world around them to spend time eating.
- Children learn by testing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. They can be very strong willed when it comes to making decisions about food (to eat or not to eat, and what to eat). It’s all part of their social, intellectual and emotional development.
As a parent, we should not chide, punish or bribe a child to finish his plate.Then what’s best for a child??
The answer is to offer an attractive palate which allures him to take his grab all by himself.
As a mother I try following 4 basic mantras before offering meals to my kiddos
• Colorful and Vibrant platter
• Attractive shapes
• Small size
• Creative characters through food
Motherhood comes up with myriad roles. At times I don creative caps just to appease my little ones. It’s not possible to create food art on daily basis but whenever I find them very fussy about their meals, I try to bring back the interest through food art.
I am sharing few of my food art that are being created from staple Indian food that as a parent we would love to see them having it.
Next food art is my son’s favourite toy and is made from plain paratha with jam and jaggery powder.
Next food art was my attempt to introduce egg omelette to my fussy son. A boat sailing on a bright sunny day.
Few food arts were made just to add little zing to the occasion.
On Rakshabandhan day I surprised both my twinnies with a rakhi made out of coloured cottage cheese blended with sugar. It was a homemade Sandesh (Bengali sweet dish). As this year independence day too was also celebrated I clubbed the food art with a dove and slogan “Jai Hind”.
The last food art that bid goodbye to passing year was a Christmas tree made out of Spinach Dosa along with idli as Snow Man and chocolate bar as tree trunk.
Through food art, one can add pinch of fun through vibrant and colourful food items. Helping both mother and child not only to bond but also balance the nutrient intake of kids.
Try making food art by churning out your creative juice. Finishing meals would no more be a boring odyssey.
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