D.W.'s Top 10 suggestions

For picky eaters

Respect your child's appetite - or lack of one

if your child isn't hungry don't force a meal/snack. Likewise don't bribe or force your child to eat certain foods or clear their plate . Serve small portions to avoid overwhelming your child.

Be patient with new foods

Encourage your child by talking about the food's , color, shape, aroma and texture - not whether it taste good. Serve new foods along with your child's favorite food's.

Minimize distractions

Turn off the TV and other electronic devices during meal times . This will help your child focus on eating.

Don't be a short-order cook

Preparing a separate meal for your child is promoting picky eating. Encourage your child to stay at the table even if they are not eating .

Be creative

Add chopped veggies into soup or casseroles , top cereal with fruit slices.

Don't offer dessert as a reward

Withholding dessert sends the message that dessert is the best food, which might only increase your child's sweet tooth. Select 1 or 2 nights for your child to have dessert.

Stick to the routine

Serve meals and snacks at about the same times everyday