When it comes to holidays, preparation will really pay off. Ciara says, "Talk to your children in the run-up to their holiday about where you’re going and what kind of food they have in that country or region. You could even have some themed dinners or snacks at home, so if you’re going to Greece, for example, prepare some Greek food – it can be as simple as having some olives out one night. That way they have a chance to get used to the kinds of things they’re going to see, smell and taste, and the textures of new foods, so it’ll come as much less of a shock to them."
You might think it’s strange to pack food in your suitcase, but a few non-perishable essentials could help to smooth things over when you arrive. "If your child is particularly set on certain foods, and it’s something you can’t get out there, take it with you – just so that not everything they eat is going to be completely new. It just reduces the stress of the situation, so if you have a child that, for example, has peanut butter on toast every single morning, it’s probably not the best idea to break that tradition when they’re away from home and already faced with new foods."
If you’re choosing something from a restaurant menu, whether it’s in your hotel or out and about, don’t be nervous to ask if you can mix things up a bit. "Often when you go abroad the children’s menu can be quite limited, like just chicken nuggets and chips or pizza and chips. Of course it’s fine to give that to them sometimes, but if you are trying to broaden their tastes then don’t be afraid of ordering from the adult menu – most restaurants are happy to do a half-portion of an adult meal, or you could even choose a starter."
Take a look at our 10 tips for flying long-haul with toddlers.
Author: Katie Gregory
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