Most of us strive to feed our children a nutritious and balanced diet. We believe kids must eat what we give them to grow strong and healthy. It may take hours to create menus, food shop and cook, but what if your kid won’t eat? You can threaten, scold or shout, but this scenario generally ends in exhaustion and irritation for the parents, and a very upset child.
As parents, feeding our children is an important responsibility. But do we take this job too seriously? We tell our kids what to eat, what time and how much to eat. We ignore their requests to eat later when they say they are not hungry. We force food into their mouths. Unfortunately, these practices may cause your child to develop a negative relationship with food.
Sometimes children may not eat in an effort to exercise control. Other fussy eaters may actually have a small appetite (Increased exercise can help increase the desire for food). or may simply not be hungry when your family sits down to eat. Better to allow children to listen to their bodies and have healthy food around on which to snack when they are hungry than to force the issue.
Why You Should Not Force Feed Your Children
1. A strong correlation exists between force-feeding during toddler years and eating disorders like obesity, anorexia and bulimia during adulthood
2. Your child may not develop control over her food habits. This will result in her overeating or under-eating as she grows up
3. It can destroy your child’s appetite
4. Vomiting may result.
5. Your child may develop a negative relationship with food and mealtime.
Work to figure out the reason your child is not eating and make changes in the routine if possible.Try to be flexible and patient with meals. You will find both you and your child will be much happier.