Almost every parent knows how endlessly frustrating it can be to deal with a picky eater. There's nothing worse than making a meal for your kids only to find out that they won't even take a bite. Two moms who were completely fed up with their picky eaters decided to take out their frustrations in a seriously amusing way by making this catchy parody video to Magic's 'Rude.' For all the parents out there who have ever struggled to get their kids to eat, this one's for you!
The Mayo Clinic has some advice for parents of picky eaters, starting with showing respect for your child's appetite or lack thereof. Forcing or bribing a child to eat can cause anxiety and resentment of meal time, causing him or her to be less receptive to the body's natural hunger cues. Instead, you should offer your child small portions and give them the option to ask for more. A routine is important as well; sticking to the same general meal times for three meals a day helps keep kids from filling up between meals. Restricting drinks between meals to consist of only water can also help keep kids from filling up - milk, juice, or soda can decrease a child's appetite. Next, it's important to be patient with your child when introducing new foods; it often takes a child a few introductions to the same new food to get used to the idea of actually eating it. Instead of introducing the food by itself, try serving new foods alongside your child's favorite dishes.
One of the best methods by far for dealing with picky eaters is making meal times fun. Breakfast for dinner is one excellent option; many children feel thrilled to break the rules about which meal happens when! You can also get creative and serve up food art like Samantha Lee
; creating pictures with your child's food is a great way to get them to think about food in a different way. If food art isn't your thing, you can always go for the classic move of pairing healthier foods with something your child finds delicious, like broccoli with melted cheese on top or peas mixed in with macaroni and cheese!
What do you think of this parody video, can you relate? What do you do to deal with your picky eater? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments below!