We know how difficult it is to be a mom. You have to be patient, loving, understanding etc etc. But what moms don’t realise is that they also have to be CLEVER. Don’t be threatened by those crocodile tears, we have 5 tricks for you to feed those stubborn kids.
TRICK 1 – DON’T JUST TALK, KNOW WHAT TO TALK
Its not just talking, its what you talk about. You need to learn to cook up stories if you want to win this battle. And they need to be very good. Dramatise the story thoroughly with sudden sound effects that startle them. Add character names of kids and people they know so that they can relate to the story. Narrate incidents that they have experienced or places they have visited to catch their attention and to make them ponder. Throw in some of their favourite animals and animal sounds in it. It has to sound like watching a movie in the theatre. If you are entertained by the story, they will be too!
TRICK 2 – STICKER ACTIVITY BOOKS
Books are always the best way to involve them and feed them along with helping them building an excellent vocabulary. Always try your best to inculcate the habit of reading. But if its not working, try sticker books. Sticker activity books are a great way to keep them busy. The rule is that with each sticker they peel, they have to take a bite! And with each sticker they paste, they have to take another bite!
TRICK 3 – KIDS LOVE TINY THINGS
Kids love tiny objects and always feel like putting them in their mouth. Why not use this fact to your advantage once in a while.Whenever I want my daughter to taste something like boiled peas for example. I take a tiny pea on my palm and offer it to her. The tiny shape immediately interests her. She picks it up, examines it and then pops it in her mouth. Once she knows it tastes good then after a bit I start feeding her spoon full while constantly engaging her in stories and books. You can do the same with chana, rajma, bhindi, gobhi etc.
TRICK 4 –STARVATION IS THE KEY
It is very important that your child is hungry before you put a plate full of food in front of him/her. Do not give them anything to eat at least 2 hours before a meal. Resist the habit of offering a lil biscuit or a lil cornflake or anything at all before a meal. You will be surprised how important this is for the kids to enjoy a good meal. Also, always offer them the food item that they don’t like much first as when they are starving they’ll eat anything. Then follow with the things they like.
TRICK 5 – TRY THE ENGLISH WAY!
No matter how strange it sounds, it works for me! My daughter eats all the items of the food separately. Which means she does not have food in the traditional Indian way where you put some subzi and some dal on a bite of chapatti and then throw a spoon full of curd and then repeat. Instead, she first finishes a big bowl of dal when she is most hungry. Then a bowl of vegetable, followed by curd and then plain chapati which can be just rolled up and handed over.
The end result is, I manage to maximise the nutrition for her and let her develop the taste for each vegetable in its natural state. Never, never mash things together and feed them. Mashing and feeding is like giving them medicine, they have to eat it to stay healthy but they are never going to want to eat them. You’ll be surprised how useful this habit is when you are travelling around.
After trying all these tricks, if your child is still giving you a hard time. Then, you are the chosen one! But don’t worry they will all grow up one day and they’ll be just fine. Just keep them happy and smiling!