5 Ways to Get Picky Eaters to Eat

Children are notoriously difficult eaters. They only want to eat the same thing over and over. They turn their nose up to whatever's on their plate. They won't even consider eating a vegetable. How can you make sure your children are getting all the vitamins their growing bodies need? And how can you put an end to those drawn-out meal times where it becomes a battle of wills between you and your kids? The parents of Parent Soup have some pretty crafty ideas on getting your kids to eat vegetables, and some great ideas on how to take the struggle out of dinner time.

  1. Make Mine Delicious
    "One day I happened to say to my four-year-old daughter that since she wasn't going to eat the 'good stuff' on her plate, I was going to give it to her little sister, who had downed hers in seconds flat. It was then that she said, 'Maybe I'll try it after all. Will you feed it to me?' She took a bite and said, 'This is delicious!' I told her, 'I'd never put anything on your plate that wasn't delicious.' That is now a motto around here at dinner time and I make her repeat it whenever she successfully tries something new. 'You'd never put anything on my plate that wasn't delicious.' She says this giggling as she polishes her plate clean. It's been a long five months, but I think she's finally come out of the stage -- for now anyway. My only difficulty now is sifting through all those recipes to make sure I only make the 'delicious' ones."
    ~ Parent Soup member Jennie0264
  2. A Little Dip Will Do
    "Offering my daughter something to dip her food into worked well. Cheese sauce, sweet and sour sauce, spaghetti sauce, and ketchup work best at our house, but the variations are pretty endless!"
    ~ Parent Soup member JDAetc
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