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In this snippet from the Engine Mom Podcast, nutrition expert Jennifer Scribner discusses some different methods to end picky eating
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In this snippet from the Engine Mom Podcast, nutrition expert Jennifer Scribner discusses some different methods to end picky eating. As a parent, it can be hard to feed your child nutritious foods, so these are some methods to help you teach your child to be less picky. Jennifer Scribner is the author of the book From Mac & Cheese to Veggies, Please: How to get your kid to eat new foods, end picky eating forever, and stay sane in the process, which is based on her work with hundreds of clients and details how any parent can dramatically change the diet of their pickiest kids.
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You may not need to do something so extreme, but I have used the A B A method. So applied behavioral analysis, Um, which is based on a reward system. And that's something that's commonly used in kids on the autism spectrum, and that can be a great way to go. If you're already familiar with that and you're using that type of program elsewhere in your life, that's a good way Thio introduce new foods because you're the gist of it is all right. You have a bite of this thing we want you to have, and then you get a treat of some sort or reward, and it may be like a bite of another food. It might be, you know, a couple minutes of a video, whatever would be rewarding for your child, and that can work. There's a couple of different ways to do that, especially if you're working with the child who's nonverbal for were very young versus a kid who's like more elementary age. The second thing that I do, which works for a lot of families, especially if it's not really severe and you really are needing to overhaul a lot you're working and you can't do everything all at once is just backing into a diet and just saying this is where we want to go And these were some of the foods we want to incorporate. So rather than stopping a whole bunch of stuff, what can we incorporate that would make a big difference? Can we bring in some fermented foods? Can we add in a little bit more vegetables? Do we need to sneak them in? At first? How can we back our way into what our overall goal is? And then the last one that I have used a lot is, um, basically the you're eating this and that's it. It's the cold turkey method. It is. This is the plan we're doing. This is the day we're starting. We will offer you these foods again and again, and we will not eat any of the other foods anymore. And your kids are not going to starve themselves to death. They will eat this food, but they will put up a fight for a bit. You know, often 357 days is not uncommon. Keep them hydrated. We keep offering them good foods and a variety of those again and again, and they will accept it with any of these things. It's just really important that everybody in the household, you know, all the adults are on the same page. They're all in agreement of this. There's nobody who's like sneaking something on the side because our kids will pick up on that. They will know if someone's feeling sympathetic to their need for sugar. Basically, sure, and they will. They will play into that. So getting everybody onto the same Paige, everyone a green is super important and having the attitude, And this is where the mindset comes in. Then I'm really big on working with parents Over is this is just a change. It's not emotional. We're not gonna have the fight with you. You're welcome to have the tantrum. We're not going to participate in that and really just being like these are the rules were just here to, you know, put them forth. But this is not personal, you know. Of course it ISS, and it will feel like that when you're in the bedroom yourself. You know when your kid's been throwing a tantrum and you like had it, but it's important to be able to be are you know,
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