At this age parents often worry about their child’s eating habits. Children sometimes become very stubborn about their food choices. Maybe she only wants rice and orange juice for dinner every night. When you try to make her eat something else she will pout or cry. Or maybe she does not want what the family is eating.
It is best not to make an argument out of it. Be smart. Here are some ideas to get your child to try new foods.
- As long as the foods she chooses are not bad for her do not argue over this. She will eventually eat more food choices as she gets older. Usually she gets what her body needs over a week instead of on a daily basis.
- Ask your child to try a new food by offering her a taste. Few people are willing to eat a full serving of a new food the first time.
- Another good idea is to let your child help you shop for food. Some children also like to help parents prepare the meal. A child who takes part in choosing and preparing a meal is going to be more eager about mealtime.
- Television can cause problems when you are trying to teach good eating habits. Studies show that children who watch more than 20 hours of TV a week have a greater problem with weight. This is because the ads targeting children often push sugary cereals and sweets.
- Keep your home as free from junk food and empty-calorie foods as you can.
- Talk to your child’s doctor about any worries you may have about your child’s weight or eating habits.
It is important for children to have a yearly check-up when they are 3, 4 and 5. Your child’s doctor will want to assess his physical growth. Your child will also be checked to see how his developmental skills are increasing.
It is time to check his vision and hearing again. If a child’s vision is not 20/40 or better, improving to 20/30 by age 5, he will need to be seen by an eye specialist. This is much easier since your child can now follow instructions and communicate well. These routine tests are critical. If something is wrong, catching it early is very important.
—- from First5 Advice for New Parents