‘I don’t want that!’
‘But why can’t I have nuggets!?!’
Most mums and dads are familiar with these objections (and many more!) at the dinner table. Usually accompanied by a frowny face and crossed arms!
Kids who refuse foods are often referred to as ‘picky’ or ‘fussy’ eaters. Picky eating can manifest in many ways. Your 3-year-old might only eat crunchy foods. Or maybe your 6-year-old steadfastly refuses anything green. Maybe the only way you can get veggies into your toddler is to puree and hide them within a pasta sauce.
Issues like picky eating and refusing food are not uncommon in kids as they discover new textures and tastes. Usually, it resolves itself as your little one matures. But sometimes, picky eating can be an indicator of an underlying issue and you may require extra support.