You may not need to cave in... Some days, little kids are just not hungry. I notice this with my two younger grandchildren (3 years and 18 months old).
They both love fruit and all types of vegetables and lettuce. They eat moderate amounts of chicken, fish, and ham, but usually only nibble on anything starchy, such as pasta, bread, or rice. They are not keen on cookies or cake at all.
They have been allowed to feed themselves, pretty much from the moment they started on solid foods. We usually serve them very small portions of food, and wait for them to ask for seconds. It's easy to see whether they are hungry or not. When they are hungry, they will continue asking for more, but on some days, just a few bites are all they need.
We do keep their meals very simple. Any fruit in bite-size pieces, raw veggies with a dip, and cooked green beans, carrots, or peas are always a favorite. They also love sweet potatoes, sliced and baked in the oven, and ravioli stuffed with butternut squash.
Our grandchildren do seem to eat a lot less than I remember my parents heaping on my plate, or the amount I expected my kids to eat, but they are very active and healthy.
Highest weight ever: 220 pounds
Followed the IP protocol with slight modifications from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.
In Maintenance mode from December to July. Didn't re-introduce any of the carbs recommended by IP for Phase 4 and Maintenance. Increased fat intake and was able to maintain my weight.
Back on Phase 1 of IP to get to 140 pounds. Hitting some snags, though.
| current weight: 163.8