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How to get your kids excited about mealtime

Does mealtime feel like a struggle rather than a chance to connect with your little one? Does it feel like your kids aren’t excited for the healthy meals you make or engaged during your meals together? Here are a few tips that have made mealtimes with our kids more focused and fun!

How to get your kids excited about mealtime

Does mealtime feel like a struggle rather than a chance to connect with your little one? Does it feel like your kids aren’t excited for the healthy meals you make or engaged during your meals together? Here are a few tips that have made mealtimes with our kids more focused and fun: 

  1. Get your kids involved in the kitchen. We cannot stress this enough! Make your kid your little sous chef. Let them touch and feel fruits and vegetables, let them help prepare meals in an age-appropriate way, and even let them taste-test during the cooking process. Check out this article for how to get started!
  1. Teach your kids about where food comes from. Kids are curious by nature, and they learn so much from reading, listening, and exploring. Hayley has found it so helpful to expose Liv to their backyard garden, where she can feel the soil, watch vegetables grow, and pick the produce they’ll cook with later.  
  1. Make meals fun and engaging. Pick your child’s favorite book and make a meal themed around that book. Use cookie cutters or other items to help your kids grow their imagination around food. Ask them questions like “What color is that food?” or “What does that food remind you of?” Hayley has many princess-themed meals in her house! Shop our favorite items for making the most of mealtime here
  1. Last, but definitely not least, don’t pressure your kids to eat anything. Pressure about foods, whether positive or negative, can lead to picky eating and mealtime power struggles. Sit back and let your kids explore, touch, and taste food on their own. This will help them build independence and intuition around eating, which is something we all want! 

Want to learn more about raising independent and intuitive eaters? Take our Feeding your Baby Solids Course and check out our podcast episode, Tackling Picky Eating.