Picky Eater Solutions
Tips for all kinds of picky eaters -- end the power struggle! Plus, 22 yummy, healthy snacks for kids!
The power struggle: over!
Little kids long to control their worlds, and doing that through food comes naturally. To break the push-pull cycle:
Let go of your end of the emotional rope. You can't force your child to do anything, especially eat, so just stop trying. Simply offer her nutritious, varied foods -- and eat them yourself. She can have hers, or not, but you're showing her how. Do you still remember having to eat your veggies or clean your plate before you could leave the table? Adam Strauss, M.D., a pediatrician in Westwood and Mansfield, MA, offers a word of caution. "When parents demand that their kids eat certain foods, they're attaching negative connotations to it. Pretty soon, the struggle is worse." Put the food on her plate, but if it stays there, don't push her, and don't stress over it.