Here’s my answer:
First of all, it’s ok to not like every food! It’s ok for you and it’s ok for your child.

A real life example from my family is my husband doesn’t like bananas (and lots of other fruit, he’s the picky eater in our family!) So if my daughter asks for banana, he’ll say “sure, I can get you some banana!” If my daughter asks if we like it, we’ll say “mummy likes it, but this fruit is not dad’s favorite. And that’s ok, dad’s tried it lots of times and there are other fruits he does like, for example apples, strawberries, pineapple….”

Another example? I don’t like cantaloupe (the smell, the texture, the taste, everything.) The first time my daughter tried it at a party, she asked what it was and will I have some too. I replied “it’s cantaloupe, it’s a fruit. This is not my favorite fruit, so I won’t have any.” If my daughter asked me to try some, I would take a small bite and confirm, “nope.. Still not my favorite, but I’ll eat a different fruit with you. I’m really glad you asked me to try it with you!”

Obviously, if you have an allergy or severe reaction beyond not liking a food, you cannot try it with them. You would explain you cannot try it, but they can and you want to hear all about the taste/texture etc.

I sure hope that helps!

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Hi, I'm Thalia the Dietitian 👋 I help parents overcome picky eating challenges, conquer mealtime battles and raise happy & healthy eaters. My unique approach to parenting at mealtimes uses elements of the “division of responsibility”, but goes even further when it comes to restricting (or not restricting) foods like dessert. I help parents through my courses and 1-1 coaching program approach mealtime situations from a place of respect, curiosity, and understanding to achieve their desired results. It’s my belief that every child deserves a healthy relationship with food, and every parent can give this gift to their child. I have a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics and I'm mum to two little ladies (and a retired guide dog lab.)


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