2 questions on behavior

Joanie - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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How do I get my 2 yr old to eat vegetables?? Also how do I get him to stop being so demanding and the yelling?

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Renae - posted on 04/01/2010

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Veggies - HIDE them! Yes when he is older it can be explained to him that he needs to eat them, but at this age, its a loosing battle. Most paediatric dieticians will tell you to disguise them in his usual food.

For example; kids cant taste pureed vegies when mixed in with Nutella or peanut butter on their sandwich. My mum used to put my vegies in a sandwich covered with tomato sauce. You cant see or taste grated vegies like eggplant, zucchini, carrot, parsnip etc when they are cooked into bolognaise sauce and most kids will eat spaghetti bolognaise. Many kids will eat a cheesy potato bake or pasta bake and you can hide cauliflower and mushrooms as it breaks down in the sauce.

Try googling disguising vegetables for toddlers, some dieticians have put loads of ideas on their websites.

Jackie - posted on 04/01/2010

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Give him no reaction to the yelling or give a time out *another form of no attention*. Its he knows the power it has so take away the power. Veggies you make them you put them on the plate and he gets no treats unless he eats them! I also mix the veggies in with the potatoes... i have always found my lil ate them better then.

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Nicole - posted on 04/01/2010

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Forgot about the behavior thing. I agree with the ignoring until he asks nicely but remember he is only 2 and some of it is normal unfortunately!

Nicole - posted on 04/01/2010

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Good suggestions from everyone. I would just offer the veggies w/o any attention to them. Put a couple of carrots on the plate with lunch and dinner and do not evan mention it. My toddler will eat anything with "DIP" could be ketchup, veggie dip or maple syrup. I know the last is gross but she loves to dip. You can also add baby food veggies to foods/ baking items. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 04/01/2010

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Don't have a good answer for the veggie thing. What I do is put just a little bit on their plate (about 1/2 to 1 scoop). They must eat that before they can have dessert or a snack later on. If it is something I can save (cold carrots) then they may eat that as their snack. This does get them to at least try different things, but that does not mean we still don't have our battles.



For the demanding and yelling part I would do answer him until he said it nicely. What I do is require them to say please when asking for something. Until I hear a please (must be said nicely) I do not do what they are asking. Same with the yelling. If he yells something ask him to say it say it with his indoor voice or say it nicely. And then don't do what he is asking until he does. Kids learn fast. If he is not getting what he wants he will change how he asks for it. Biggest thing is you have to stick to your guns during this process. If you give in to the yelling or whining then that will make it harder the next time to get the action you want.

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