In a previous post, we provided six tips that you could use to please your picky eaters. At Urban8 in The Colony, we know that works for one parent might not necessarily work for another, which is why we will provide you with even more tips today! Continue reading to learn different approaches and techniques to get your picky eater to broaden their horizons, and visit Urban8 in The Colony to experience the variety of family-friendly restaurants we offer the next time you are looking for dinner and entertainment.

Tip #1: Create Structure

Grazing is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to getting your toddler to eat. Your toddler would probably be happy to eat nothing other than low-nutrient snack foods over the course of their day. As you probably already know, this is not good for them. Make a point to have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks within the same time frame each day. This structure can help them to break the tendency to graze.

Tip #2: Avoid Too Many Drinks

Another thing that toddlers love to do, which sabotages their appetites, is to drink their calories. Most toddlers love juice due to the sugar that is naturally derived from the fruit. If it helps, make a chart for yourself to track the times you fill their sippy cup so that you have an accurate picture of just how much they’ve had to drink over the course of the day. Limiting their juice intake will help them to be hungry at meal times as well as promote better dental health.

Tip #3: Avoid Drama

Sometimes as adults, we think that the more dramatic we are, the more our kids will get excited to do what we want. However, this trick usually backfires. Generally speaking, the more you exclaim about how yummy the meal is, the more they will become suspicious and unwilling to actually try the food.

Tip #4: Let Them Help

Depending on the age of your child, consider letting them help with some of the food prep at meal times. Whether their help consists of pouring pre-measured ingredients or using a safety knife, their involvement helps to develop curiosity and interest in the food. For breakfast, you might try letting them push the buttons on the blender for their breakfast smoothie, or letting them stir the cinnamon and sugar into the oatmeal.

Tip #5 Never Negotiate 

If you haven’t already discovered this fact, then you should know that toddlers are excellent negotiators. They learn very quickly how to master this skill, as well as how easily they can or cannot manipulate you into doing what they want. Perhaps your parents told you that you couldn’t leave the table until your plate was clear. If that was the method they used, then you probably sat in your chair until it was bedtime because of your stubborn refusal to eat something you thought you wouldn’t like. Keep this point in mind when your child refuses to eat something and try not to make it a big deal.

At Urban8, we believe that everyone should have access to a wide variety of nutritious food when they go out to eat, which is why we proudly offer an array of family-friendly restaurants at our food court in The Colony. When you are looking for dinner and entertainment, stop by and see all that we have to offer. From dueling pianos to trivia night and more, you are sure to find something that you’ll enjoy.