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Help with Dinner Time Battles!

Help with Dinner Time Battles!

I need help mommas! My now opinionated 5 year old will not eat anything. She used to eat almost anything, and last night jasmine rice and homemade teriaki chicken and her fav vegetables caused an hour meltdown. She wouldn’t even try a bite. Our rule is you don’t have to like it, or eat the whole plate, but you have to try it. If you don’t try it, no dessert.
What do you do to get your kids to eat healthy foods? I have banned chicken nuggets for the week…pray for me!

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  1. I involve my daughter in the whole process. Sometimes I even let her scroll through Pinterest recipes to pick out the ones she likes (but darn those cupcakes that always pop up!), but I always take her to the grocery store and let her help cook. The more involved she is, the more excited she is to eat new things.

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    1. I tried this with mashed potatoes the other night. She selected them at the store, peeled them, put in the butter and milk, mashed them with me….and didn’t eat one single bite. LOL!

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  2. Ha – I just went through this last week with my 3 year old. I initially tried to push and kept offering and nagging (“JUST LICK THE FORK!!!”)…and then I just backed off when I realized we were all miserable and it wasn’t working anyway. Just yesterday, he got over it and is eating…because he’s hungry, and probably because there is no more stress at mealtime. They’ll eat when they are hungry, so I would recommend either she eats what you offer or nothing at all. She WILL eat!

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    1. Great advice! I started doing the same thing with my 3 year old…eat what we are eating for dinner or don’t eat. It’s hard at first, but as of lately she has gotten so much better. She’s hungry so she is more willing to try new foods and most of the time she actually likes it. Growing up with 5 kids in my family, this is what my parents always did at mealtime. There was no way they could accommodate every single person. I know you might feel bad at first if they refuse to eat, but Dr. Lincoln is right- they’ll eat when they are hungry. Good luck!!

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    2. Awesome advice Dr. Lincoln, I am so doing this tomorrow. Today I made chicken tacos and she refused the chicken. I made her one with black beans and cheese and she at the whole thing! Baby steps.

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  3. I have had this battle with one of my daughters for quite sometime. Something that helped was to take away the attention. When I stopped fighting her over eating her dinner and “acted” as though it didn’t matter she started to eat.

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  4. I agree with the advice of offer the food and then let her be…if she eats, she eats, if not, she’ll eat later or tomorrow! My son is only 19 months old, but he will refuse to eat what’s on his plate if I talk to him about it or tell him to eat. If I just put it there and go about eating my own food, he usually starts to play with it then starts experimenting with tasting it and then before we know it, he’s asking for more! It doesn’t happen like that all the time, but when a 19-month-old eats salmon like a champ, I call it success! Haha! 🙂

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    1. It’s interesting, my 2 year old used to eat everything. But now she is refusing like her sister — she’s a copycat. Maybe you should bring your 19 month old down here and they both can mimic him!

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  5. Meal time can be a huge power struggle. I agree with Dr Lincoln, try to let it go. Put healthy food options in front of them and when they are hungry they will eat. I have found hunger is the best seasoning! 🙂 And hunger is far more motivating than the fit either of us can throw at the dinner table. Also, like Stephanie I include my boys in the whole process from picking out recipes, buying produce and products to preparing the meals. My kids are older now and we have cooking competitions at home. When they get involved in the process or even can create their own recipes they become much more adventurous at the table and in the kitchen.

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