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Watercolor Ponies 06-22-2006 04:09 PM

How do you get your kdis to eat...
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I have 2 picky eaters, in that picky eater stage (2 and 4) and they REFUSE to try new things. I am hesitant to "force them" by making them sit there until they have at least tried it bcs I think that leads to bad eating habits as an adult. I don't expect them to clean their plates, just eat a spoonful. Even kid friendly stuff they balk at, like cheesy rice, or even stuff like spaghetti and meatballs. We do have at least one rule, if you don't eat what Mommy cooked, then you don't eat, I don't cook seperate meals! So what do you do to entice your kids to eat new stuff? Or do you even bother? I want to instill much better eating attitudes than were instilled in me. Help!!

CMamma 06-22-2006 04:29 PM

Re: How do you get your kdis to eat...
I have that books "First Meals" & it saves me sometimes... a lot of it is in the presentation for kids. I do have that same rule too.

Here is a link to the author's site. You can try some stuff she has on the site as well

falcon2 06-24-2006 11:41 AM

Re: How do you get your kdis to eat...
My daughter is a great eater, mostly because I just only expected her to eat if she was hungry. I figured if she wasn't eating she wasn't hungry, and I'd save the food I made until she was hungry enough to eat it (no second meals prepared, and no snacks if she didn't finish what I made her). I also made sure I exposed her to lots of flavorful, strong foods, such as garlicky hummus, asiago cheese, blue cheese, kalamata olives, spicy mexican food, etc. Her favorite thing to eat now is a hummus sandwich on whole wheat with spinach, provolone and tomatoes. We eat a largely mediterreanean diet, so she gets a lot of variety. We have always told her she has to eat her "strong muscle food" before she can eat a "soft belly food" LOL. She is really into being strong and often refuses her dessert until she has eaten all her veggies. She gets a reward after she eats her meal, usually a cookie, a few gummy bears or some pudding. That works great. I always tell her she doesn't have to eat what I made for her, but that she won't get her cookie or whatever, unless she finishes--that gives her the responsibility, not me.

Good luck!

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