Constance - posted on 06/24/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )
I have seen so many post about parents who can't get their kids to eat specific foods. I know this is a daily battle in the majority of housholds. Even in mine even though my kids pretty much do eat everything I put on the table. It depends on the child and how I handle the foods they won't eat. My 7 year old is a vegetarian for the most part only a couple of times a month will he eat meat. He will eat fish but he mainly only comsumes fruits, veges, and pasta. He doesn't like cheese. My 6 year old doesn't like bread she will eat everything out of a sandwich and leave the bread. My other boys prefer meat with less veges. They eat pasta by the pound and meat as well. I make the adjustment for them to eat enough of the stuff they aren't fond of but I never force them to eat something I know they don't like at all.
One of the main ways I break through the barrier is they help me prepare our meals. The love to eat their handy work. I never yell or force them unless it is absolutly something they have never tried then they have to atleast take a couple of bites. I don't make them sit at the table until they finish their plate except for my 6 yr old. With her it iss only because she will say I am done and dump her plate and go to the refridgerator and get something else to eat. I know she is still hungey she is just done with the plate in front of her.
How do you deal with this at your table? Do you let them go or do you push for them to eat more just because it good for them?