Welcome to part 5 of a 10 part series leading up to Thanksgiving by our parent contributor, Beth Lattime. You can check out part 4 here.
Cheerios. Milk. Apple Juice. Period.
If possible, prepare your child ahead of time about the different foods that people will be eating. Show them pictures of the foods and expose them before the event. If these strategies do not work, at least they will know what everyone is eating and be able to possibly talk about the feast. Tell them that different people like different types of foods. Explain to them that it is ok that they do not like what will be served but that others do. If you want them to try new foods, consider introducing items gradually. For some children, it may be difficult to simply have new foods presented to them on their plate or on a plate nearby. Consider your kiddo’s needs and plan ahead. Again, consider what your child can tolerate and what your goals are for them to accomplish with food. If your goal is for them to finish a bowl of yogurt, Thanksgiving is not the time to have them try a plate of green bean casserole. Be practical.