What do you mean? What technique?
Toddlers typically don't eat a lot. A serving for a small child is one tablespoon per year. So one tablespoon of applesauce for a one year old. Two tablespoons for a two year old. Their growth has slowed down dramatically from when they were infants and so they just don't eat as much as they used to.
The best thing you can do is set up regualr meal and snack times and limit empty calorie foods (cakes and cookies and ice cream, etc). Try to pay attention to what they eat over time and try to not worry about the food "jags" that are typical for toddlers.You know, when they only want to eat the same thing over and over - that is very normal at this age.
Some kids are more worried about trying new foods than other kids. It may take up to 15 times for a food to become familiar to a child. So keep offering (not forcing in a coercive way) and let them see YOU eating and enjoying the food. Read books about food, do art with food and let them help you cook - all that helps w/ food acceptance.
Kids who are critisized or over managed in eating habits don't eat well. Neither do kids in over permissive envioronments. The key is to find a balance. The division of food responsibility goes like this: Parents get to pick the food and where and when it is to be eaten. Kids get to pick what and how much of it they eat.
I can't remember. As soon as they were eating all non-baby food they were served what they were served for dinner. Lunches are always catered around what they want but I don't make 2 dinners. I always make sure they have at least a side that they'll eat if I'm not sure about the main course. Typically my kids don't even try certain things so it's not so much about being picky as it is about being a pain in the butt and stubborn! If they try something and clearly honestly don't like it I'm more lenient if they ask for something later but that rarely happens, usually they just refuse to try it and I don't believe in forcing kids to eat stuff. They make their choices and know the results.
Never. We don't do food battles.
Not sure exaclty what your referring to but I make what he wants for lunch (reasonable of course, not candy for lunch!) and I make a family dinner. I give him a portion of everything (I never give him more than I know he will eat) until recently he has been good about eating everything given to him. He started no eating his vegies so I hadn't been pushing it until I just got tired of him thinking he could not eat veggies. So I told him he had to eat the broccoli on his plate or I would take toys away. So he didn't and I took some away. He cried and then got over it. This happend for a few days and then he finally said to me with tears in his eyes, "Mama, make me something else and I promise I will eat it. Carrots, peas, anything but broccoli." OMG I felt like the worst mom ever! I did in deed make him peas and he scarfed em down! Then made him corn and carrots the next day, ate it all. He then asked after the 3rd day if he could have his toys back. Of course he got em all back and I said I was sorry.I want my son to eat veggies, but if he feels that strongly about broccoli I wont serve it to him again.
I don't fight over food. I offer them 2-3 reasonable choices for breakfast/lunch (majority wins). For dinner, I fix one meal, put some of every item on everyone's plate and encourage them to eat it. If they eat all their veggies or try something new, I praise them. If they don't want to eat it, that's fine too, but they do have to leave it on their plate (no removing or covering it up). I also don't make an alternative meal or offer a late snack just because they didn't eat well at dinner. I don't worry about nutrition because, while I consistently offer a huge variety of fruits and veggies in their natural form; I'm also the queen of hiding veggies in everything. I put spinach in everything from meatloaf, meatballs, lasagna, grilled cheese............cauliflower in my mashed potatoes and mac n' cheese.........sweet potatoes or carrots in home-made granola bars, etc. The point is I'm confident that they are getting sufficient nutrition, so I want them to come to love foods natually, not by force.
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