My daughter will be 3 next month and when it comes time to dinner, or really any meal for that matter but i'll just keep this to the dinner issue, she would rather not eat at all if I tell her she needs to eat her vegetables first. Help? Our pediatrician tells me every time we go to his office, "You are the one that is in controll what she eats". So what am I supposed to do? Let her NOT eat dinner? (which i've done...trying to be stern and consistant).*I've added a little background info about our situation below...in case that helps...Thanks in advance for reading/replying/helping!
I'm a single mom and this is my first kid (never did babysitting or anything like that as a kid either, so this is all extremely new to me). My daughter and I get home between 6:45pm and 7pm every night (get off work at 6pm, pick her up around 6:30). So by the time we get home, I don't have time to actually cook a real dinner. Not to mention that every time I have cooked a "real" dinner, she refuses to eat it and then the food goes to waste...and I can't afford that. The vegetables I offer are canned peas and green beans, fresh vegetables (even fruit!) will end up going to waste and those are the only two I can get her to eat WHEN she eats them.