User - posted on 11/25/2008 ( 17 moms have responded )
My 4 year old is very strong willed. If he does not want to do something, he won't...regardless of consequences. He particularly plays the power struggle with food. He does not like meat...or vegitables...or anything new. If I do manage to convince him to take a bite of something, he would rather keep it in his mouth than swallow it. We have found food still in his mouth 2-3 hours after a meal. I know it is a power thing, so I try not to make a big deal out of it, while still laying down the rules (no dessert if you didn't eat supper). I have even taken the route of letting him make a peanut butter sandwich if he prefers. I am concerned about nutrition. He has not gained any weight in the last year. Does anyone have any ideas?