The cracker challenge!
One of the families I worked with had a 6 year old with sensory sensitivities and a 3 year old living on crackers and air. When mum went away for work, dad stepped in with the ‘cracker challenge’.
The rules were simple, dad decided what went on the children’s crackers and they decided what went on his. It was all done for fun and there was no pressure to perform or to eat anything they didn’t want to.
Dad was delighted to be offered tuna and Vegemite, while the children got far easier choices that were within their comfort zones. Despite this, both ended up trying something slightly new.
Often eating is in the marketing and something that is fun, low pressure and inclusive can support tasting a new food.
Here we have some commonly eaten options to consider. Hummus, cream cheese, salami/ham, cheese and peanut butter. You can of course, add whatever rocks in your house.
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/