Let's Get Cooking!
…it should be satisfying part of parenting to know that you’re providing nutritious and delicious meals for your family. It should, except…
1. Your out-of-the-box child won’t eat because the food is mixed together, touching each other, or sharing a plate.
2. She/he refuses to eat because it’s not her one meal of choice.
3. She/he picks through the meal and only eats the things that “feel good” in their mouth.
Believe it or not, there IS a reason why mealtimes can be so difficult, and it’s not because of poor parenting skills on your part!
Welcome To Our World
Welcome to the world of tactile defensiveness, which can have a profound effect on what types of food your child eats. It is part of a larger issue called
Sensory Processing Disorder
(SPD). Children with SPD often have food issues, which means that you have mealtime issues.
Fortunately, there are many strategies you can use to deal with this sometimes aggravating problem.
Can You Cook?
Recipes can easily be adapted to take into account your child’s struggles. Meat can be substituted, ingredients left out or camouflaged, and texture changed depending on the needs of your child.
Because our daughter also has
(which MANY out-of-the-box children do), I spend a lot of time dealing with food.
We really can’t run to the drive-thru, and going out to dinner can be a logistical nightmare, so I’ve become somewhat proficient with menu planning.
requires you to sit down and plan your meals with purpose and attention to the restrictions of your family.
I plan my menu’s a week at a time, and include how they can be tweaked for child #2. I have discovered that following a plan makes my life much easier!
I have also learned how to navigate the world of food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. While eating out isn’t as bad as it used to be, it's still a challenge.
Am I an expert? Absolutely not! I have become an expert as it pertains to my family situation, as you will do with yours.
Take heart fellow frustrated parents. While everyone agrees that food is an issue, there are lots of strategies you can use to make it into a more manageable monster!