D.W.'s Top 10 Suggestions

For Feeding Picky eaters

Kids will go through many phases. One of them being picky about certain foods they eat. Here are some suggestions for feeding picky eaters.

Jazz up the presentation

It can be as simple as arranging cut-up vegetables on a colorful platter and sticking in some toothpicks, or serving a fruit smoothie In a pretty glass instead of in your child's regular old tooth-marked mug

Try using a food chain

Picky eaters are slowly and gradually offered foods that are very similar to one's they already accept. Gradually, they learn to expand their menus.

Let them get hungry

If you find your kids demanding one snack after another, get them involved in an art project, take them out for a walk, or break out the sidewalk chain. The likely result? Mealtime will become more satisfying.

Start the day strong

Try giving more priority to the first meal of the day.

Let them cook

Children are more likely to eat their own creations, so, when appropriate, let your picky eater prepare the food

Give them choices

Many kids warm up to veggies when they've helped pick them out

Introduce healthier elements into food your child already likes

For example, offer blueberry pancakes, carrot muffins, fruit slices over a favorite cereal, chunks of bell pepper in a potato salad, or shredded veggies over rice

Don't buy unhealthy foods

Out of sight, out of mind. If the chips and cookies aren't around, your kids can't eat them. They may resist at first, but when they get hungry they'll start munching on the carrot sticks.

Repeal the "clean your plate" rule

Kids know when they're full, so let them stop. Overeating is one of the major reasons we get too many calories.

Be Patient

If everything else fails. Just be patient with your child.