Thank-You Bites

Sometimes a picky eater can be a daunting task for caregivers. One day, feeling a little defeated, I cried to Julie, “If only we could give an M&M reward when they try everything on their plate!” Rewards and incentives subsequently became one of our topics of conversation during Professional Development. We discussed how rewards for desired behaviors can create a negative relationship with the child and food. Instead of a reward, we want to encourage “thank-you bites,”  where we show an appreciation for the process and care put into our food.  Good eating habits are something that parents and caregivers should encourage but never force.

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