If serving your child broccoli results in a whining refusal to eat a single morsel, then you likely have a picky eater on your hands. This not an unusual predicament on its own, but you may worry about your kid’s picky tendencies becoming front and center on Thanksgiving day, when food is the star and there are plenty of witnesses (erm, family members) around. Is there a tactful way to deal with your little picky eater on Thanksgiving?
Holidays come with a lot of pressure as-is, and when your child wrinkles her nose at your Aunt Doris’ famous green been casserole without so much as a single bite, you may fret a bit while trying to keep the family peace. But you are far from alone: a 2010 study in Eating Behaviors found that picky eating habits affect up to 50 percent of children. Although the behavior may embarrass you, it’s likely the rest of your family has encountered plenty of picky kids before. But if you’d like to make sure Thanksgiving dinner is as enjoyable as possible for your family — and of course your child ‚ here are some ways to prepare your kid for Turkey Day. Your kid may not enjoy every part of the holiday feast, but she just might find a new favorite among the many dishes. And if she just has a plate of chicken nuggets instead, well, that’s okay too.