There is a huge contrast in how kids were brought up earlier or how they are brought up in the rural areas of our country. It is probably more of a city phenomenon that the well-educated Indian parent is fussing over everything to do with their kids and especially with food. I myself face challenges when it comes to feeding a balanced diet to my children. Over time, I have come to believe that it is better not to be too bent upon having our way all the time when it comes to feeding children.
We need to give up on our control, to let our children learn from their own experiences and get more independent with feeding themselves. It may work better if we let them choose the ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘how much’ food to eat and encourage them to eat healthy, even if it means additional time or some mess around the table in the initial days. We as parents need to be more patient, offer them healthy food options, not bribe them with treats for eating and ourselves be role models for healthy eating. Lastly, as parents, we should stop stressing ourselves out over food and let our children learn to understand and feed themselves based on their bodily cues, while giving them ample opportunity to feed themselves healthy foods at designated meal times.