Things you can control - food that is available.
Things you cannot control - food that enters the stomach.
I've got a friend who is going through a huge deal right now with her 6 year old, and the girl only eats white foods, and only about 12 foods. She's using this book, and I'll try to find out the name. But basically, your job as a parent is to put 3 meals and 2 snacks out per day. Make it an eating event, everyone sits down (hey, this is good for us moms, too!) no snacking in between. Put food on the plate, then ignore them. I mean, ignore their eating. Don't even praise them for trying stuff. You just put food out, and they either eat it or they don't. In 3 weeks, her kid has tried about 4 new foods, liked them, and had seconds for 2 of those.
at 1:32 PM on Sep. 7, 2010