When it comes to Thanksgiving, there is no better holiday for foodies. However, when you are the parent of a picky eater, the Thanksgiving meal can turn from one of giving thanks to one of praying for a quick end to the day.
Here are a few parent-approved tips on how to deal with the picky eater at your table, taking the stress out of the day, ushering in the fun!
1. Don’t make the entire day about the meal itself. Make sure that your picky eater knows that there is more to Thanksgiving day than the meal. Focus on the fact that they will get an opportunity to visit with relatives and play with cousins. One thing that might grab their attention and put a big smile on their face is letting them know ahead of time if they do eat everything on their plate without incident, their favorite dessert will be waiting for them.
2. Let them help you set the table. Kids love to help! Getting them involved in the mechanics of getting the house ready is a great idea. You will have the extra help that you need and they won’t be focused on planning their epic meltdown when broccoli is placed on their plate. So, break out the place cards and decorations, and let the kids have fun.
3. Bring them into the kitchen and cook. If they help you make it, then maybe they will actually try it or not, but it is worth a try. Allowing kids to help in the kitchen will create unforgettable memories for them, giving them something to look forward to for the holidays. Search online for easy-to-make Thanksgiving day meals that are appropriate for children to be involved with and let loose.
The most important thing to remember is that Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for all the many blessings that have come throughout the year. Talk to your picky eater before the big family dinner about the holiday itself and let them know that if they don’t want to try the stuffing or cranberry sauce, it’s okay and find something that they will eat on the table and simply go with that.