should I force my child to eat vegetables?

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Joy - posted on 05/11/2009

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My son is an extremely picky eater and my doctor warned me about "forcing"...she said DO NOT FORCE...she said it is our job to "offer" and to be creative with finding ways of getting them to eat fruits and veggies. I have started giving my son Apple and Eve Fruitables...they have at least 1 serving of vegetables per juice box and so far my son LOVES them! Good Luck!

Emily - posted on 05/11/2009

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No, forcing kids to eat anything sets them up for a lot of problems. I know I was forced to eat as a child. Continue to offer the veggies, hide them, encourage them to taste, grow a garden, let them help prepare, figure out which ones they like and how they like them cooked, keep exposing them, model good eating habits, but do not force or start a power struggle.

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Lindsay - posted on 05/12/2009

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My son is the pickiest child in the world when it comes to his food. We have tried everything to get him to eat more vegies, and still nothing. We have since found Voots which are vitimans i think we got at GNC and they contain a whole days servings in them. Theyare the closest thing to actually eating vegies that we have got.him to eat. He does take them with no problem, lot less hastle.

Annalena - posted on 05/12/2009

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I asked my Dr. the same question. He said as long as my little fella (2yrs 4 months) is eating fruit, wholemeal bread, getting something like yoghurt or cheese in his diet, he'll be fine. You don't HAVE to have veggies in the diet. My little man is doing great! But - I do keep trying. :o) I like the frozen veggies idea!

Marketha - posted on 05/11/2009

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No. I have an underweight toddler with a food ahversion problem. If I force him, he'll be less likely to eat. But if I praise him after trying his veggies he is more likely to eat some. If your worried about a balanced diet, try offering Pediasure to their diet.

Arianne - posted on 05/11/2009

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You shouldn't force your child to eat vegetables make them interesting to eat. Maybe try mixing them in with other foods. Conveince your kid that vegetables are good. Yo gabba gabba has a song about eating vegetables its cool try that.

Diana - posted on 05/11/2009

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I read somewhere that children are far more likely to take after their father when choosing what to eat. My children certainly do! My husband puts everything on his plate and eats a little bit and my daughters follow his example.

Amy - posted on 05/11/2009

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They make veggie nuggets. Like Morning Star or something? They taste like chicken nuggets I guess. My friend uses them. I just have him 3 bites...he's 3. He usually doesn't mind eating just the 3 bites. He knows now...we've been doing it since he was 2. And like Anne says, I just ask him to try it too. He usually likes it. Also, I always say YUMMMM after he tries someting new and he usually has the same reaction.

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did you try frozen vegetables? my son devours frozen peas and carrots. he actually asks for them as a snack. because they're frozen, they don't really taste as much like cooked vegetables, and it also helps soothe any teeth that are coming in. with some kids, it can be a super easy way to get vegetables into their diet.

Jessica - posted on 05/10/2009

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I suggest hiding vegtables in the food you make so she is getting what she/he gets what is needed. Guess I got lucky where my son will eat them but then again he's lactose intolerant and has to eat them with the one lactose free butter I found

Dianna - posted on 05/10/2009

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I totally agree with Anne Case. The little trick that I due on top of hiding it in the food is giving them the juicy juice harvest suprise....which is like V8 juice only better and they have no clue they are getting their daily serving of veggies!!

Irmayani - posted on 05/10/2009

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No force for kids, just looking for a way to make them eat it...force just will make they hate it more..make vegetables become a snack, fried with flour..or something that they like...Try it, and you'll find what kind of snack they like..

Anne - posted on 05/10/2009

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I wouldn't "force" but was have a rule that she must take at least one bite. Eventually she will eat them more. I also hide vegetables in our meals so I know that she is still getting the nutrition. GOOD LUCK!

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