Creative Child

Cooking with Your Toddler

by Brittany Ferrell

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Step Three: Cook!

Now it’s time for your fussy eater to cook! Yes, your toddler, not you! You may have to model how to do certain tasks and give instructions, but let your fussy eater do the majority of the work. Those little prodigies on Master Chef Junior had to start somewhere! Check out my list of recipes specifically picked for cooking with toddlers.

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Step Four: Eat!

When it’s time to eat and enjoy your toddler’s culinary masterpiece, you’ll observe something bordering on miraculous. Your fussy eater will actually eat their food. At this age, toddlers want nothing more than to assert their independence. Getting your fussy eater in the kitchen and allowing him or her to take some control over what is going into their bodies is one way to provide an opportunity to gain that sought after independence. It is also a great way to allow them to use their hands, flex their creativity, and further develop their motor skills. Here are six more reasons to cook with your fussy eater.

After you set your rules for safety, you can start small by allowing your toddler to have jobs like stirring or adding the seasonings. Most recipes can be adapted to allow your toddler to take part in one way or another. If your fussy eater enjoys cooking, the whole family can enjoy mealtime!

Sometimes cooking with your toddler isn’t always the most feasible option. Here are some other positive mealtime solutions for your fussy eaters.

Brittany Ferrell has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Education. She has worked as an elementary school teacher for twelve years and was awarded "Teacher of the Year" 2011. In February 2014, Brittany and her wonderful husband, Jerome welcomed their miracle, Madeline Olivia to the world and she has chronicled her struggle to become a parent in her published memoir, "From Dream to Dream Come True: My Journey to Motherhood". Brittany writes about her fairy tale dream come true of motherhood on her blog, A Mama Tale.

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