1. Offer options and make meal time fun.
The first rule to encouraging diversity is to offer options. For example, you can make dishes and have the kid pick which he/she desires to eat, in this way he/she will feel empowered and not trapped in to doing something. Or better yet, have the kid select ingredients from each in order to make her/his custom plate. Keep in mind that you can also beauty your kid in to eating healthy by playing creatively with the colors, by arranging comic food displays or by mixing a favourite dish with some new ingredients.
2· Disguise vegetables.
With a choosy eater, vegetables are probably the hardest ingredient to swallow and will often finish up on the floor. But in case you try to puree and add them to the main work, chances are that kids won't tell the difference and eat them anyway. If the kid enjoys eating fruits, there is nothing simpler than throwing in some carrots in his/her every day dose of homemade fruit juice.
3· Get kids involved in the cooking process.
Besides being fun one-on-one quality time, having your kid help you with preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner will also teach him/her about responsibility and variety. A kid, who has actively participated in the cooking process, will in the finish be curious to taste the finish result because of all the work and time invested in to it. In this way, he/she can better appreciate the food and actually enjoy it more.
4· Avoid forcing them in to eating, in lieu apply corresponding punishment.
as with any other misbehavior, refusing to eat ought to be follow by disciplinary consequences. Having a gentle punishment (i.e. no more TV time) prepared whenever this happens is better that resorting to ultimatums like "You are not allowed to go to your room until you finish everything on your plate!". In time the kid will try to keep away from the punishment and will prefer conforming to your requests.
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