Picky Eaters: What to do When No One Likes the Same Foods

September 17, 2012 | By | Comments (1)

We asked you on Facebook for your biggest challenges when it comes to having a picky eater in the house. We called in Elizabeth Pantley, best-selling author of The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution to help solve your problems. Look for her answers here over the next few weeks.

Family Style Dinner

Talk about meal dilemmas! My family has all different eaters. My husband is a meat & potato man, my 10-year-old son changes his mind daily, and my 8-year-old daughter likes noodles. We can NEVER eat the same meal! I can’t plan out a menu because it doesn’t please everyone! I’m past frustrated! What’s a Mom to do? —Tara O.

Hi, Tara. Ah, yes, the age-old “Mom is running a restaurant” dilemma! The best approach is to first modify your expectations—everyone won’t eat everything! Begin serving meals “family-style” with a variety of choices in serving bowls so that everyone can serve themselves. That way, one day’s leftovers can be added to the next meal.

Lots of kids snack, snack, snack all day—so inevitably they aren’t hungry at mealtime. Avoid letting everyone snack in the two hours before meals so that they’ll come to the table hungry!

For more advice, visit Elizabeth’s Facebook page.