Dealing with a picky eater

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Dealing with a picky eater

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My advice for dealing with a picky eater, I have a 6 year old who has been a picky eater since he came out of the womb and so I have learned – He’s 6 year old now – I have learned a few tips along the way. My number one tip, that I wish somebody has told me when he was smaller, is that that size matters. My son wouldn't eat strawberries. I would typically cut them in quarter segments and put them in front of him and he would always push them away. It wasn't until I went to a friend’s house who sliced strawberries up into very small pieces, that I saw him pick them up and eat them. And so, if you’re having trouble with your picky eater eating things one way, try serving them up in a different way, particularly a smaller size. The second thing I learned with picky eaters is that texture matters. If you’re kid doesn't like the texture of strawberries or broccoli, throw it in a blender; throw it in a blender with some yogurt, and it’s a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables and fruits, if they don’t like the texture of certain foods. The third thing I learned about picky eaters and how to get them to eat is that smell really matters. As a working mom, I don’t cook that often, and so my son doesn't have the luxury of smelling the food cooking during the day; but now I have a babysitter who, luckily, does a lot of cooking and my son is willing to try a lot more things – Fish and souffles and all these yummy smelling food, because he has the smell of the food to whet his appetite.

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Jacqui Boland

CEO & Founder of Red Tricycle

A 15-year media veteran, Jacqui helped launch a slew of media properties for Reed Elsevier, Meredith Corporation, Miller Publishing and San Francisco magazine. Prior to media, Jacqui worked in Public Relations and counted Ringling Bros Circus and Walt Disney’s World on Ice among her clients. Her start-up experience includes sflodgings.com (an airbnb predecessor) and Breathe, a yoga lifestyle company. When not running Red Tricycle, she helps manage her six-year-old’s growing lemonade stand empire.

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