What to Look for in a Hotel When Your Child is a Fussy Eater
If you’re the parent of a fussy eater, the holiday can start to feel a long, drawn-out affair when the child is constantly refusing to eat something new, or even consider doing so. Away from home and struggling to find something that is on the young one’s ‘approved’ list, you don’t want holiday mealtimes to fill you with an overwhelming dread. Here is Falcon’s guide to what to look for in a hotel so that both you and the kids can enjoy the holiday on a full stomach, rather than worry constantly about what mealtimes might hold in store.
Hotels that operate buffets with open meal times are often the most straightforward and sometimes revelatory opportunity for family mealtimes. Aside from having a plethora of foods temptingly displayed, the sense of independence and freedom of choice can encourage diminutive holidaymakers to try new dishes. Desserts are attractively visible and most kids can’t resist the temptation of pudding, especially if it’s in a central position at the very front of the table.
Book an all inclusive package and as a parent you’ll feel a real sense of relief. Children love making their own decisions and the authority of ordering their meal from a menu can make even the smallest feel very big indeed. This freedom of choice will likely please them and lower the risk of bad behaviour.
This can appease the children but may see the adults do a little more work on their holiday than they wish. You’ll be able to buy the food that suits you and the kids. You may even consider bringing some family favourites from home. If the hotel has a shop on site, make the most of it to get in a few treats. Just make sure you still take a break from cooking!
Tips for happy holiday eating
Prepare your kids for what they’ll be facing at the holiday table. Before you go, take your kids to the library to look for cookbooks featuring your destination’s cuisine and let them pick a dish that appeals and make it at home. Take them to a restaurant which serves kind of food that will be offered on your trip. This will give them a taste for the food before they reach the destination.
If you’re eating at a buffet, make the experience of trying new foods a game. Everyone — including the grown-ups — must select at least one new food that each of the other family members has to try. At the end of this ‘taste test’, everyone gets to vote on their favourite.
On all inclusive holidays, let the kids order their own meals. This independence will nurture their self-confidence and even encourage them to use the local language, including those important words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. They’ll enjoy communicating.
There will always be lots of possibilities when you’re choosing a family holiday, and this guide will make holidaying with picky eaters much easier. Not sure where to book? Check out our family holidays and find a holiday that you’ll all love!