Reward or no Reward
Not all of us have experienced how frustrating it is to get a child to eat. But those of us who have, we've surely tried EVERTHING for just 1 bite!
There are many strategies that parents use to try and get their picky eater to eat. Do you have give rewards for eating? Let's take a look at ways you should and should not reward your child for eating.
Rewards for that "one bite!" that are not very effective:
allowing them to watch TV while eating. This distracts anyone from being aware of that full feeling. Distracted eating can lead to overeating.
rewarding with dessert if they eat their plate. You want kids to eat without having to bargain for other food.
promising rewards that you will not stick to
rewarding them with new toys for eating. Not a good long term strategy, they will always expect something.
Rewards for "that one bite" that are more effective:
reward with positive encouragement
reward with foods cut into fun shapes
show the child you are also eating the same food you expect them to eat and how much you love it!
reward with a game like playing catch outside (a positive behavior)
reward with letting the child know he/she decide how much to eat but you have a one bite rule!
offer water/milk after supper if your child drinks himself full
do not give snacks right before supper (food tastes better when your child has an appetite)
after sports leave cut veggies on the table (kids will eat when they are hungry)
keep snack foods out of reach and out of sight
be supportive but firm
make food fun and interactive
Here are 5 great tips to get kids more interested in food!