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  • Kids who are the most afraid of trying new foods are also reluctant to try new experiences. Improve how your child handles new in general and you will improve how they handles new foods too.
  • Fear of new foods isn’t related to how much your kid actually likes something. It’s related to how much they expect to like something. Expectations rule the day. That’s why exposing kids to lots of new experiences translates into a willingness to try new foods: it teaches them that new can be fun, exciting, and, yes, even tasty.

The best parenting advice reports that kids crave routine because they thrive on knowing what to expect. But that doesn’t mean things have to always stay the same.

The routine kids need revolves around the shape of their day: the timing of meals, the behavior that’s expected of them and bedtime habits – new experiences fit nicely within and around this solid and familiar structure.

Put lots of new into your child’s life so handling it becomes a habit and your struggle to introduce new foods will be half over.

~Discover your families own path to healthy eating happiness~

Source: Pliner, P. and K. Hobden. 1992. “Development of a Scale to Measure the Trait of Food Neophobia in Humans.” Appetite 19: 105-20.