Continue to offer foods that weren't accepted the first or second time around, as tastes do change. It is not hard to disguise vegetables into a lot of foods, but that is not really helping in the long run. Make fruits and vegetables fun so that children are more likely to make healthier choices.
Kids don't usually refuse to eat foods they have helped to make. So get them involved, ask for their imput and suggestions, and accept them if you can. Make them the assistant cook. Dont allow for many snacks as they could lose their appite. And set a good example by not snacking all day on junk. Make food relatively unimportant until its time to eat. We dont want to raise children that are either anticipating or dreading eating all day. We have other things to do!
at 9:05 PM on Jul. 16, 2009
Offer a wide variety of foods that kids can feed to themselves. A wide varitey of colors at meals also helps. Remember that in order for kids to learn to like foods, it has to be offered a lot of times. Tastes change so what they don't like one time, they may like a few months later. I have a 2 bite rule, they must take 2 bites of everything at each meal before they can say they don't like it. That doesn't include foods that I know they truly don't like. My son hates jello and always have so I will not make him even try that.