Parents expect their children to taste, then to eat everything they offer them. Children, however, are already struggling to put the first bite of a food they don’t know in their mouth.

Between the expectancy of the parent and what the child is capable of, there is a gap within which cries, threats, tears and other great moments of despair fall… For things to go well between parents and their child there should be a clear agreement:

  • Tasting means swallowing a mouthful. Not two. Not three. If the child has fulfilled his part of the agreement, do not trick him by trying to make him swallow more.
  • If the child doesn’t like it, don’t force him to finish. But as soon as he is old enough to speak, try to understand what he doesn’t like: the texture, the taste, the colour…
  • If the child enjoys a dish enjoys, but doesn’t finish it, allow him to continue his meal with his or her dairy product and the dessert. Do not try at all costs to impose on him to finish his plate.

 

In practice:

Tell the child what is expected of him, “you have the right not to like, but you must try once first, to know whether you like it or not; you do not have the right not to taste. If you don’t like it, I will not force you to eat it.” In doing so, the limits are set and everyone knows his what is and isn’t expected of him.