Getting my children to finish their food proved to be a difficult task for a few years. When, they did not eat properly, they would be hungry again few moments later. Chips, sweet and chocolates were the answer to their cravings. Children are more likely to whine and cry on empty stomach.
I used to run behind my first born around the house with the plate of food in my hand. She would only eat playing hide and seek; eating a single bite on every seek. Eventually, things got under control when I made the rule (and stood by it) to finish the plates before leaving table.
Finally, I made a list of reasons why our children are not eating properly.
1.Waste of time
Seriously yes, some kids are slow eaters, who can spend 30-45 minutes finishing one meal. They think that they waste their important time when they could play outside, watch cartoons , draw pictures etc.
Make eating time interesting by talking to them about school or your work. Telling stories also helps a lot.
Children may not eat properly due to some medical reason. Constipation, stomach worms and other eating disorders are some main medical problems.
Consult your child's pediatrician.
My daughter complained that I cookcurry(gravy) with roti all the time. Our culture, has curry and roti almost every day. But kids these days want burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and pastas. The main reason that they are bot eating is that the food is not of their choice.
Don't be shy of trying new and healthy recipes. Cook food in different ways and check out different cuisines. Check out our Recipes section for some suggestions.
Some toddlers are hyperactive and they would not sit down and eat properly. They are constantly in motion. Sometimes, all the food ends up on the floor or the table. They cannot sit still for the whole meal.
Rhymes and stories work quite well for these children, at the meal time. Giving finger food to the children can be messing but works wonders. At least, something gets into their bellies. Chicken nuggets, vegetable rolls and fruits like apple, guava and banana are the best options. Just slice the fruits in small pieces and hand it to the child one at a time.
5. Junk food
Children love junk food. They can eat chips, chocolate, brownies and sweets anytime of the day. So guess what happens at lunch or dinner time. "We are not hungry!"
Don't keep junk food in your house. Or at least, keep it out of the range of the children.
The problem is that grannies, aunts and uncles love to give these treats to children. Just try to reduce the junk food intake, especially before meal times.