Having a picky-eater for a child can already become challenging, but having one as a yaya can become a real nightmare. Here are some possible reasons for yaya’s diet preferences as well as some tips on how to deal with them.
Sometimes yaya’s dietary concerns are more religious in nature. Some religions do not allow the consumption of pork or unblessed meat. One has to be respectful of these practices and as much as possible, not impose your beliefs on others. In this case, allow yaya to follow her religious practices.
2. Allergies/Health Conditions:
Being picky can also be a consequence of allergic reactions towards certain foods such as nuts, dairy. Sometimes, it can also be caused by a health condition such as hypertension or diabetes, in which case in would be good to allow yaya to refrain from very sweet or very salty, fatty foods. Should this be the reason for your yaya’s discriminating palate, always keep in mind that as her employer you are also responsible for her welfare. You wouldn’t want her to end up in a hospital because of dietary causes.
3. Importance of New Experiences for Personal Growth:
If yaya’s main reason for being picky with food is the fear or resistance to trying something new --- help her overcome this condition. Explain to her that food is also about learning new things and new ideas. She may not like every dish, but it is important to always try it. You never know, you could be surprised. You must explain to yaya that this natural desire to learn and grow is just as important as the need to eat --- never fear what you do not know. Good things could always lead to new discoveries.
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4. Lack of Proper Education:
Understand that sometimes, it is yaya’s lack of education that can be the culprit of her resistance to variety and change. Having said this, you must be patient with her. It would be a good idea not to highlight what makes a dish different from what she usually eats but rather to emphasize what qualities are the same. For example, Cocido is similar in texture and color to perhaps our local Pochero. Yaya will stick to what is familiar so it is always wise to use this knowledge to your advantage.
5. Lack of Exposure/propriety/sensitivities:
Yaya’s obvious lack of exposure to many common circumstances can be the cause of misunderstandings. Explain to yaya that although a certain dish may not be familiar or even palatable to her, general good manners and right conduct dictate that one must not let on that the food is not to your liking. In deference to your hosts or guests, remind yaya to never show any dislike for that food she is served. Otherwise, it is of direct consequence as to how your peers view you as her employer. Yaya should always remember that she is a representative of your family and that all her actions both good and bad are mirrored back to you. Hence, in all instances, she should handle herself with the utmost decorum and be sensitive to the concerns of others.
As you can see, having a picky-eater for a yaya may only be a state of mind --- a condition that can be altered and improved through patience and proper teaching. See this as an opportunity to teach your yaya to open her mind to new experiences and learning. After all, education is never limited to the four corners of a classroom.
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