Children are finicky creatures. They love the weirdest things, and they’re afraid of the strangest things as well. Every child also goes through a phase where they “don’t like” something, whether it’s food or an old favorite television show.
When you’re child goes through the “don’t like” phase, you don’t need to worry. Chances are your child will back to liking that thing sooner rather than later. Thankfully, too, there are ways to can help ease your child out of this phase.
Here are three things that every child “hates” at some point in their life, and what you can do to help them overcome it.
- The Dentist
You can’t really blame your child for being afraid of the dentist. After all, it’s a stranger sticking scary looking objects into their mouth. But as a parent, you know that seeing the dentist is important for your child’s health, so you need to do whatever you can to help him or her overcome this fear.
If your child doesn’t like the dentist, you need to be sure you’re bringing a child to a pediatric dentist, as these individuals specialize in treating children and know how to help them overcome their fear.You should also allow your child to see you have your teeth cleaned, as this too can help them overcome their fear and stop disliking the dentist.
No matter how good of an eater your child may be, there will come a point in his or her life that they dislike vegetables. Maybe they truly don’t like the taste, or maybe they simply don’t like the way they look. If your child is going through an “I hate vegetables” phase, don’t worry. There are ways to get your child to eat veggies. First, you need to try and make eating vegetables fun. Try to arrange the vegetables into cute things, such as rainbows or an animal. Sometimes making them more appealing will change your child’s mind. You can also allow your child to eat the vegetables with a dipping sauce, such as ranch dressing. This may make them taste better and get your child interested in them. If all else fails, ensure your child is still getting their veggie intake by hiding vegetables inside foods they love, such as smoothies or pastas.
Face it. Medicine usually tastes gross or is too hard for your child to swallow as a pill, which can make taking medicine hard to accomplish. You know that your child needs medicine to combat a cold or control a condition, but your child doesn’t see it this way and only focuses on the disgusting taste. If your child is refusing medicine or spitting it out, you need to find alternative ways to get your child to take medicine. If it’s liquid medicine, ask the pharmacy to flavor it. It still may not taste great, but having a “cherry” flavor may make it more desirable to your child. If that doesn’t work, ask your doctor if he or she can prescribe the medicine in a capsule form, and then add the contents of the capsule to your child’s drink or food (with your doctor’s approval, of course). This way, your child will get the medicine he or she needs without ever knowing it.