How do you get a 6 year old girl to eat her dinner without bring a battle?

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Jodi - posted on 11/23/2011

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Don't make it a battle. If she doesn't want to eat it, she can go hungry.......? There is nothing else. Period. No dessert, nothing. No battle.



I've never expected my kids to totally clean their plates, but I do expect them to have a good go at everything on their plates if they want to participate in dessert. Refusing to eat dinner means going to bed hungry.



However, you could try involving her in the cooking (this often gives them more incentive to eat what they cook), and also make sure you do accommodate her tastes to some degree when preparing meals (for instance, if she HATES curry, there is really no point cooking one, try to cook things you know she can have a go at).



But short of force feeding her, you can't make her eat if she doesn't want to. You just need to ensure you are consistent with the consequences, such as you don't eat, you go hungry.

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Tinker1987 - posted on 11/23/2011

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Kids can be independant and a bit bossy,so give her choices if its a veggie, say corn,peas,ect she picks it. and so on.

Jodi - posted on 11/23/2011

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I must admit, there aren't food battles in my house either, there never really have been. I honestly can't say if this is because my kids aren't particularly fussy, whether it is because I often involve them in the menu planning, shopping and cooking, or whether it is because I have always taken the stand that they can only have dessert or supper if they've had a good go at it. But it all works for us :)

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Let her help pick the food (like which of the available vegetables she would like for dinner) and/or make sure there is at least one food (healthy) that she likes at each meal and then let her decide what and how much she eats of the options that you've made available. Don't battle w/ her. If she truly can't stand anything you've made let her choose a fruit or veggie as a snack. If you're serving foods you know she likes, but she's refusing them anyway... she must not be really hungry.

I do not understand battling over food. Of course, my kids practically never stop eating (so that might have something to do w/ it) and I don't make foods they don't like (unless it's something new for all of us... then they can get something else). I figure we all have our own tastes and moods and as long as it's healthy and I'm not out any extra work.... what does it matter what they eat? ;)

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