- Parents can have an experience of failure when they have children who are picky. Be generous with what is normal and remember that for many it goes away, the researcher assures.


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A new study from NTNU shows that one in four kindergarten children is so quirky in the way they eat that they are defined as picky by the researchers.

It actually takes a bit to be defined as picky. Some grow out of it, others develop it over time, and for some children it becomes a hindrance that limits the child from visiting friends or on a birthday.

It is Silje Steinsbekk, professor of psychology at NTNU and researcher on children's eating habits, who is behind a study on pickiness that was recently published in an international journal. Forskning.no highlights nine pieces of advice or factors that may be useful to know for parents with discerning children.

 

  1. Do not force the child to eat

    Forskning.no writes that encouragement is often needed, but that it is not right to force the child to try food they do not like.

  2. Must taste 10-15 times before it is possible to say whether you like the dish or not

    Exposure works. The more you get the child to try, the better. But it can take time before it has an effect. Steinsbekk tells forskning.no:

    -Studies show that tasting is necessary - ten to fifteen times before you can say whether you like something or not. Once does not last. The older the child, the more times it must be repeated. In other words, it pays to get the child to taste many different foods many times from an early age. Exposure works.

  3. Pickiness is hereditary.

  4. Yes, parents can influence pickiness

    Forskning.no writes:

    - An authoritative parenting style is what best promotes good development in children. That is, a lot of heat, but also structure and clear boundaries.

    In the study, the researchers found that children were less likely to become more picky if their parents were good at creating a framework or structure.

  5. Some grow it by themselves

  6. Play with the food, create curiosity

    - No one wins if you let food and meals become a battleground. Be playful, curious and engaging! encourages the researcher, according to forskning.no.

  7. Sensitive children are more prone to pickiness

  8. Take advantage of the fact that the child is hungry

    Both children and adults who are hungry can be more open to food that they are otherwise not so fond of, it is emphasized in the article.

  9. Be generous with yourself and your child

    - Parents can have an experience of failure when they have children who are picky. Be generous with what is normal and remember that for many it goes away, Steinsbekk assures, writes forskning.no.

 

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