Having trouble with my daughters eating habits

Maria - posted on 03/21/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, I have a problem with my 4 year old girl who doesn't want to eat anything else other than french fries, chicken nuggets/fish nuggets and pasta and for her fruit is only banana, have tried anything to make her eat veggies even reached to the point to "threaten" her that I won't take her to play and still she'd rather starve than eat anything.... PLEASE HELP ME OUT
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Maria

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Jeanie - posted on 03/28/2013

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My son's dr. told me to give him what he will eat. My niece on the other hand will just say I don't like that and refuse to eat it. Her parents and grandparents just make her something new until she will eat something. My mom used a "no thank you helping" rule, you had to take about two bite size portion and try it. I use the same thing but I also tell every child that eats in my this is what I made and they can wait until the next meal to get something new.

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This is totally normal for a 4-year-old. Don't worry! She'll eat when she's hungry. At least she's not eating candy and cake all day - she's getting some nutrition. When you make her meals, always offer something she likes with something different or new. She'll eventually get over it, and maybe she'll try something and realize she likes it.
I wouldn't threaten, punish, or force. That could create weird food and eating issues. Her body knows what it needs, and she'll be over this phase before you know it.

Michelle - posted on 03/22/2013

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Don't buy the junk food. That way it's not even an option that you can give in to. If it's not in the house she can't have it. Don't turn it into a battle either. Serve up her meal, tell her she has a certain amount of time to eat it then she is going to bed. Don't negotiate with her. You are the parent so you need her to do what you want, not what she wants.

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Taylor - posted on 04/02/2013

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Have you tried letting your daughter cook with you, it is never to early to get your child in the kitchen helping you! Make meals fun, ask for her opinion. When kids get involved it makes a huge difference! Try putting a twist on carrots by putting a little brown sugar over them while cooking them, this will seem like a treat to a child because its sweet. Try ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins). Fun quick meals can be just as healthy. One thing I love to make is grilled pork chops with an apricot honey Dijon sauce, she could help you make the sauce and let her try things and experiment, even if it may seem weird to you. And lastly, although it is somewhat unhealthy, cut up apples and mix in your choice of nuts and then marshmallows add half vanilla pudding and half cool whip, this is so easy and a great way to get her to experience new foods!

Svea - posted on 03/31/2013

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My son is 4 and did the same thing to me. For a while he started demanding the foods he liked only. This is not very realistic preparation for school and the real world so I decided to put my foot down, We went through about 1 week of stubbornness but eventually when I quit giving snacks and just offered what everyone else was having he then started to eat. now dinner time is enjoyable again!

Angie - posted on 03/28/2013

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Just keep offering them. I hide spinach in my family's spaghetti sauce. They don't know and they love it. Get some kid friendly veggie recipes over the internet. All kids like to dip things. Maybe some carrot sticks and ranch? If they're hungry enough, they'll eat the veggies. In the meantime, don't fret over it too much, it may just be a phase. Don't make a big deal out of it, they'll eat their veggies in due time.

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