As long as children have
been defying their parents, the battle about eating their vegetables has been
a regular part of the dinner table routine. For some families, this gets so
bad that dinnertime is uncomfortable for everyone. You don’t want it to
be this way for your family. Meals should be a fun time when the family spends
time together. But of course you still want your kids to eat their vegetables.
So, how do you do it without causing tears of frustration to ruin your supper?
some Do’s and Don’ts for getting children to eat their vegetables:
use food as either punishment or reward
for anything. This adds to the power struggle problems of meals that can make
eating vegetables a chore.
- Do praise
your children when they eat vegetables.
You don’t have to make a big deal out of it but you should point it
out in a positive way.
- Do give
choices of two different vegetables so that your children can select
the one that they like better. Variety is the spice of life after all. Plus,
the choices will make it an issue of “which” vegetable to eat
not “whether” to eat the vegetables.
make your children eat vegetables that they really don’t like.
If they have a few that they do like and they’re getting their nutritional
needs met, don’t stress the issue of trying new vegetables. There will
be time for that as your children get older.
- Do change
the colors and shapes of vegetables
to make them more appealing for kids. Cookie cutters and food coloring do
wonders for making vegetables more enticing, especially if the children help
with making them.
- Don’t be
afraid to let your kids have a little bit of dip or sauce for their
vegetables as long as you don’t overdo it.
- Do stay
calm and upbeat about the situation. The situation doesn’t
have to upset you so don’t let it.
- Do set
a good example for your kids
by maintaining a healthy diet yourself.
Believe it or not, your picky
eaters will eventually start to like eating their vegetables. In the meantime,
you need to set a good example and maintain a low key attitude about the situation.
If you really can’t get your children to eat their vegetables and every
meal ends in frustration, work some vitamins in to their diet so they don’t
lack their nutritional needs and wait for a little time to pass before trying
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