I am new to this board, but not new to iVillage.
We have a "snack" shelf in the fridge with yogart, string cheese, and fruit for Logan. He knows that he can have these foods as snacks whenever. We also define what is a "treat" and what is "good food" - He knows in order to "earn" a treat, he has to eat a good food. I also have a rule that he gets NOTHING to eat (good food or snacks) until he eats his dinner. However, with dinner, I tend to make things I knew he will eat... along with one thing that he might not (rice, a new veggie, ect) and for the the new thing he has to take ONE bite to try it... It seems to work well for us.
I think at two you might have to be a little more acccomidating.. I personally wouldn't send a 2 year old to bed without dinner... but the 6 year old I would! lol Logan is 4 and he has gone to bed a couple times without dinner because he refused to eat it.
oh, I wanted to add. I do not force him to eat his dinner, other than not allowing any additional foods. I do save his plate though. When he says he's hungry in an hour - I offer to heat up his dinner. I did this when he since he was 3 - and he typically will eat his dinner at that point. I do warn... I put a time limit on it. If he hasn't had dinner by 7pm (when we read stories) - he misses out. I will not delay bedtime for him to FINALLY eat dinner ;) I had to make this rule because he would say he was hungry right as we were brushing teeth, and I would feel horrible and let him eat.. delaying bed by a half hour. We've fixed that now ;)
What types of things do you make for dinner that he likes?
My three year old also is a picky eater.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
I just found this board and found your discussion quite interesting.
I totally agree with this post. I have my 2-year old daughter help me in the kitchen and I find whatever she helps cook, she eats. Jessica Seinfeld has 2 cookbooks out called deceiptfully delicious which are great to hide good food in what you're cooking...
You asked if I have tried, "hide the fruit/veggies" cookbooks?