How you get a 5 year old to eat ADN LIKE, fruit?

Gabriela - posted on 02/20/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I know! This is a topic that's been dealt with many times... and yet, keeps being an issue. In my son's case, a BIG issue, since he won't eat fruit AT ALL. He's 5 already, and he did eat fruits when he was 2, 2 1/2, but then it began being difficult to make him eat it. I tried making juice, like orange and carrot juice, papaya smoothie and banana + strawberry cake and milkshake, but still nothing. I mixed some apple and apricot with the pancake mix, and that's the way I get him to eat some fruit, but I wish he woul eat it raw, or at least in chunks. Please, any advice you can give me will be priceless. I've tried taking away things, like a favorite toy, tv, you name it. I've explained to him the importance of eating right, and even showed him pictures of starving kids. Nothing seems to work, and I don't think leaving it to time, because good habits are settled early in life. Really loosing it here! Help please, ladies!

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Carol - posted on 02/21/2012

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My husband and I started a diet together and cut out all sweets. Fruit tastes so much better now. If your son flat out refuses like you say he does, get rid of all the sweets in the house. He'll change his tune pretty quick when there are no other alternatives.

Becky - posted on 02/22/2012

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I am in the same boat. I have 3 kids and both of my girls eat fruit like crazy and my son who just turned 5 will not eat any fruit. I have tried it all, hiding it, adding baby food to his pancakes. I have at this point given up and decided he will eat it when he is ready and I am not longer going to make a big deal about it. I think if you push it now he will not want to try it when he gets bigger. Hope this helps!

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Gabriela - posted on 02/26/2012

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Thank you ladies! I looked for some youtube videos about this topic, and the 4 advices I think may help are: first, be calm and patient. Punishment, getting angry, yelling, promising rewards, none of that works. Second, set an example, since kids learn from seeing you do it. So lets eat healthy and even some foods we don't like so much. Third, make fruits and veggies an every day thing. Let your child help you pick up healthy food in the supermarket and get him/her involved in the kitchen. (This works! I did it and my son actually ate the vegetable hi picked up without complaints!). And fourth, be consistent. Put the smallest portion in his/her plate, and offer the child what he/she likes less first, but always with something the child actually likes. Hope this works!

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