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How to Help Picky Eaters


It’s normal for kids to be picky about what they eat, but picky eating can be frustrating for parents. Here are some tips to help your kids try more foods and cooperate at mealtimes.

It’s very normal for kids to go through stages where they’re a little more picky, especially when they are trying to assert their autonomy. Rachel Busman, PsyD, a clinical psychologist

Rachel Ehmke, managing editor at the Child Mind Institute, is the author of this article, available in English and Spanish, that describes what can parents do to help children learn to like more foods. When you open the article, you will find links to additional resources, like articles on how to help support your child with autism who is a picky eater, and an article describing what picky eating behavior is developmentally typical, and what may be a cause for greater concern. 


Image credit: Photo by Tanaphong Toochinda on Unsplash

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