IT TAKES TIME
A preschooler's refusal to eat many foods may be frustrating but it is normal behavior. Before children learn to like a food, they have to be exposed to the food repeatedly, become familiar with the food and taste the food. This takes time. Some children are very sensitive to new tastes, especially bitter ones like those found in many vegetables. In fact, vegetables are the foods most likely to be refused.
Explore new foods with your child by helping them become familiar with the size, shape, look, feel, smell and so on. Eating uses all five of the senses and the senses can be used to enhance your eating experience.
Senses trigger memories, which can last a lifetime. When shopping for, preparing, and enjoying your favorite meal, the senses are being used and can trigger the special memories associated with what that food means to you, like eating dinner together, making food as a family, and the conversations that happen around the dinner table.
Adapted from Teacher and Family Connections Curriculum: A Supplement to the All 4 Kids Program