First let’s get rid of any judgement around snack foods! I have so many parents come to me asking for help and tips because they say they feel like “bad” parents or like they “aren’t doing a good job” when their kid requests snacks frequently.I want you to give yourself some grace! These foods can be a part of a kids diet in a way that supports their health and also teaches them how to learn to listen to their bodies needs.If kids were in charge of what goes on their plate it would be common for their plates to look like the picture on the left. Then, parents may get stuck serving the same foods over and over again, and kids pickiness may increase.It’s important for kids to see and experience a variety of foods, textures and tastes at most meals.One thing I teach parents is that you are in charge of:-WHAT food is being served.So when kids are asking for snacks all day, you can determine how to be considerate to their requests. I know it’s hard because we want them to eat and not go hungry. However, catering to every request doesn’t teach them real life skills such as patience, compromise, and resilience when things don’t immediately go their way.Being considerate without catering to their (snack) demands looks like saying:- “I like that snack too, let’s build a plate that will help us stay full until our next meal….”-”I hear that you want ___, right now we also have ___ on the menu”-”Look at all the colors on your plate! Let’s name them!”Every food request doesn’t have to turn into a struggle! When parents are able to implement realistic strategies that build trust and support their picky eater to try new foods, it can be such a relief!I teach my clients to find strategies that WORK for their families to reduce picky eating so they can move from being cautious to curious eaters. If you are wanting 1:1 guidance so you can stop stressing about your little ones eating patterns and start enjoying mealtime again, click the link in my bio.