Want to help your toddler develop healthy eating habits? Offer only healthy food. But even more important than what your child puts in his or her mouth is a healthy relationship with food.
Dear Dr. Laura,
My 3.5 year old son seems to have some trouble in a couple of areas. He has a lot of anxiety and fear as well as sleeping and eating problems.
I am a SAHM, he doesn't go to preschool or daycare. I never leave him with other people to take care of. There is no one who is suffering that he's aware of at all or any tragedies. We're a pretty balanced, happy family, and this is why I can't figure out what's the issue.
What most parents don't realize is that all toddlers are picky eaters. And it's a perfectly normal, even expected developmental behavior. You may be to find out that this behavior has very little to do with the taste of food and is mostly about wanting control of a situation.
It's common for food to become a source of conflict in most families. Many parents employ a bargaining or bribing approach to get their kids to eat healthy foods. This is not the best strategy as it encourages your child to resist...