How old are you daughters? I had one son who didn't want to eat a variety of fruits and veggies. The thing I wish I had known then was not to make meal time a battle ground. I once tried telling him that if he didn't eat his lunch, he would see it for dinner. I tried another time making him sit at the table until he ate his food. He sat but
didn't eat. He was 4 1/2 or 5 at the time. When he was older, I just talked to him at each meal, when I served something that he didn't like, about just trying a mouthful. Those weren't good techniques, especially the first two.
I got the feeling you eldest might be a teen. Then I re-read your post and noticed that you said you had three little ones. Whatever their ages, don't make meal time a battlefield. Don't make it unpleasant. Your daughters should associate meal times and eating with pleasantness and good times with family. I have read that the best thing is to just introduce foods. That it sometimes takes a kid seeing something on the table or on their plate about 5 times before before the will want to try it. If you want to encourage them to try a new food, don't "encourage" them every time you serve something they don't want to eat. To them it can seem like brow beating.
Don't have foods you don't want them to eat in the house. Pack a lunch for them. Don't give them money that they can use to fill up on junk food.
Edited by: BENTON1948 at: 1/24/2013 (18:16)
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