Tagged With picky eaters

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Feeding children can be a struggle. When our kids were toddlers, my neighbour and I would trade kitchen-table war stories at 9 a.m. “I just made three different breakfasts,” she would tell me, “and he wouldn’t eat any of them.”

The easiest thing to do is give in: “Here! Fine! Subsist on dino nuggets and dino nuggets alone!” you might say, ripping open another bag from the freezer. But kids do need “real” food — fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains — and getting them into the habit of eating it is a process that should start early on at home.

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What happens if your picky-eating child doesn't grow out of it? What if you're begging a 15-year-old to just taste a green vegetable? After all, by the time they're adolescents, kids have spending money, autonomy, and access to plenty of junk food. So what is a parent supposed to do when the strategies they used when the kid was six simply don't work anymore?

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With school-aged children, there is a period of gastrointestinal chaos, and that period is every weekday from 3 to 6PM. Around 3PM, when many kids get out of school, they're famished. The moment my daughter gets buckled up in the car, she looks at me like a sad pigeon and begs, "Snack. Do you have a snack?" (Nice to see you, too, child!)