Do you make them a separate meal?
no I don't because i have no desire to make 6 different meals ... just not going to happen. I don't force them to eat it but it is their only option.. they can either eat it or not.
No. if he is hungry he will eat what I made. he isn't going to starve, and usually he doesn't put up much fight when it's been 3 hours and he still hasn't eaten. I just re-heat his food for him and he will sit down and eat it.
If it's something that they truly don't like, then I will make them something else. If they just don't want to eat, they can have a peanut butter sandwich.
I don't make a separate meal for my three year old son (picky eater!) but we don't have the rule eat what is served or go hungry, either.We keep it light and easy - sometimes we'll ask him what he'd like for supper. We can't, however, do that nightly because it'd be the same thing. "Hotdogs." But I know what he likes which is generally what we like also so it's okay. Like one night we may eat spaghetti, veggies, and garlic bread. He doesn't like bread. I know that, he knows that, his daddy knows that. So he gets spaghetti and veggies on his plate -both he'll eat without a problem.
They have to at least try 5 bites. Usually by then, it's been decided that they do in fact like it.
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