Do your children get excited by new toys? Not all kids do.
Just like not all kids get excited about new food. Now, research shows, these may be the same kids. Infants who are wary of new toys also show a reluctance to accept new foods. (Can I point out that I have been saying this for years?)
The solution is to help your child accept new in general, but don’t get too hung up on any one kind of new. This is about helping your child make a mindshift that increases her comfort around new. It’s not about food or toys or any one thing in particular. It’s about your child’s skill set.
If you have a cautious child, you can improve his openness to new food by working on his receptivity to “new” experiences in general.
In my experience, parents know they have kids who are cautious or adventurous by nature, but when parents get caught in the struggle over food, they focus on the food and not on improving their child’s skill set.
I once had a client whose son was upset when his mother purchased/wore a new shirt. As you can imagine, new foods were also a problem. The solution was to work on increasing her child’s confidence around all kinds of new. New playgrounds. New donuts. New anything.
For more on this idea read:
- Fear. Anxiety. Math.And Learning to Eat Right.
- Make “New” Work for You
- Non-Food Ways to Expand What Your Children Eat
~Changing the conversation from nutrition to habits.~
Source: Kameron J. Moding, Cynthia A. Stifter. Does Temperament Underlie Infant Novel Food Responses?: Continuity of Approach-Withdrawal From 6 to 18 Months. Child Development, 2017; DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12902
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