Feeding children regular and balanced snacks and meals every day is a challenge for any parent, but transitioning a child who may not have had the best start with nutrition or the way he was fed can seem like a huge undertaking. If he only knows traditional foods, or foods you might not want to serve (like “junk” foods), that complicates things further.
Parents often feel pressured to get the “right” foods in the “right” amounts into their child— right now—, but power struggles over food add stress and conflict to an already delicate situation, and almost always makes a child’s eating worse.
Although nourishing your child and supporting good health is a priority, it should not come at the expense of the bond your child is forming with you or with the relationship your child is developing—and will have for the rest of his life—with food.
A “good,” competent eater is a child who feels good about eating, enjoys a variety of foods, and learns to eat the right amounts to grow in a healthy way.
Learn more about topics that will help you transition your child to a new diet and nourish them to optimal health: