5 Ways to Get Picky Eaters to Eat

  • Stop Obsessing
    "What I've learned is not a trick or a tip, but sound advice from our doctor: do not obsess about what she eats or what she will weigh when she grows up. OK, so I still obsess about it somewhat, especially last year when she was losing weight, but I just don't let her know I am concerned about it. What I have done is put her on a good multivitamin with iron, offered her healthy choices to eat and left her alone. I keep yogurt, fruit, cheese cubes, and fresh veggies ready to eat in the refrigerator for her to pull out anytime she wants."
    ~ Parent Soup member SuprMomNot
  • Involve Your Child in the Process
    "Have your children help plan menus and help with shopping. Plan a week's worth of lunches together. Tell your child that you need a fruit, vegetable, protein, and bread for each meal and give him the opportunity to pick which ones he wants. You can make a poster of choices if it is hard for him to remember which is which, and tell him, 'Ok, pick one picture from this square, one picture from this square.' Write it down and put it on the calendar. That way he can see that he is going to have grilled cheese, oranges and carrots for lunch. Having a menu also makes it official -- if you have it on the menu, there won't be any whining. Even if your child is pre-reading, you can say, 'The menu says we are having this for lunch today. I am really sorry that you want something else. Maybe you could choose it for our menu next week.' And let your child help with the meal preparation! Yes it may take longer, but think of the time you will save since you won't be sitting at the table forever while she picks at supper."
    ~ Parent Soup member Hupfauf
  • When All Else Fails, Get Sneaky
    "I put broccoli--that I've chopped finer than a frog's hair--into spaghetti. I let it sit for a while to soak up the red sauce, and then serve. Unless there is some broccoli that I didn't chop fine enough, they don't see it. This is the only trick that has ever worked. I have served cheese sauce over cauliflower and broccoli. I have said, 'Oh, look! Those kids on Sesame Street are eating carrots! See, they aren't just for rabbits!' They both just act like I'm attempting to kill them slowly!"
    ~ Parent Soup member StormiDais
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