Down the hatch: 7 sure-fire strategies to encourage your child to take their supplements and eat new foods (part 5)

By Alive & Well

Sean Fitzgerald, Autism InternationalGuest post from Sean Fitzgerald, Autism International


There’s an old Japanese proverb that goes something like this:

“Fall down 7 times, stand up 8.”

5. Persistence

When your child says “no” to you, it’s not forever. It’s just not for this moment. But you can try again in another few moments.

Many children will say no to something the first time they’re asked about it. Some of them will say no the first 99 times. But if you are playfully persistent and patient, you’ll get to yes faster.

Don’t give up

Credit: Tony TranNext time your child says “no” to a new food, say something like: “Oh OK, thanks for telling me!”

A few minutes later – or half an hour, whatever works for you – offer it again.

Don’t give up after 1, 2 or 10 times. Be willing to offer it 100 times over the course of a week or two.

That’s 100 opportunities for your child to step out of his box and try something that’s new – and maybe even a little bit scary.

Just remember, don’t give up. What you’re doing is important. And with a little patience and a lot of persistence, you will get there.

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