Words are powerful, especially when you share your table with a picky or selective eater. Although it may seem logical to discuss the food on the table, mealtimes are not the place to make food the topic of conversation.
Some ground rules:
Avoid sentences that start with “Have some...” “Just try...” “Why aren’t you...”. Instead, keep these two phrases handy. “You can choose from anything that’s on the table,” and “You don’t have to eat.” And then move on to ...
What CAN we talk about?
Fortunately, this is a much longer list.
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Skye Van Zetten is the founder and author of the award winning blog, Mealtime Hostage. She writes about her son's journey toward competent eating and information about Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She also supports parents of feeding challenged children around the world through her parent to parent group, Mealtime Hostage, on Facebook.