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i want aidan to have a wide variety of foods he likes. im not a picky eater in the least. ill try just about anything once, because i know that there is a very good chance i will like it and how will i know if i dont try it? i want aidan to have this attitude. i also, however, want him to eat healthy things, vegetables, fish (omega 3), etc. but he wont try ANYTHING. sometimes he even tells me, "i cant like it" about things like chicken and cheese, which are his two favorite foods! how can i get him to eat healthy foods and try new things? does anyone have any ideas?

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Im not really to that point yet in parenting, but I have read a lot of parenting books. Most of the books that I have read say not to force your kids to eat, because when they get hungry they will eat what you fixed. I dont really know if I agree with that or not, but I guess as long as he eats sometime, then it would be okay.

I would reccomend maybe asking him to "help" you make or plan meals. Ask him what HE wants for dinner/ lunch, or if he will help you make whatever you have planned. Maybe if he has more to do with it he will want to eat it.

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My son isn't a picky eater just a very petite eater. And we were always told not to force him to eat. I just give him lots of little stuff through out the day. Also try making it look cool. If it looks fun to eat maybe he'll eat it. fruit salad in yougurt is a favorite. It's sweet but healthy. I also do veggie platters with ranch. Fresh veggies are better than cooked anyways. Also if you can look and find all white breaded chicken without all the extra (in the frozen section) he will most likely go for that as opposed to plain looking chicken. I also agree with letting him help and "snack on it" as you're making it. Maybe if he sees all the hard work he's putting into it, he'll be more likely to try it. But don't force him. As our doctor put it he won't starve himself just make sure when he does it its something healthy. I would also give him a multi vitamin to make sure he's getting all the nutrients he needs

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Offer him options.

Let him have a prep station and help cut stuff, or take off stems, etc.

Ask him why he likes certain things (colour, smell, texture) and help him pick more of them.

Let him help you shop.

Try offering a snack plate instead of a traditional meal. Cut up cubes of chicken, slices of veggies, pieces of cheese, bread, fruit. Arrange them in an interesting fashion on the plate. Finger foods are more appealing to toddlers.

Never force him to eat anything. Just keep offering it. If he doesn't want it, try again later. He may just be in a control phase. You don't have to make it a battle. He won't starve himself.

Always try to see things from his perspective. Are there foods you don't like? How would you feel if someone forced you to eat them? If you were threatened, bullied, or coerced into eating something you didn't really want? Trust your kiddo...he knows his body better than you (even at this young age!).

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thanks for all the great ideas! yeah, its not so much that he WONT eat, just that he only likes a select group of things. it could be the best dessert on the face of the earth, but if he hasnt had it before, he wont even try it. hes missing out! lol. i do, however, have to sit him down and make him focus on eating. if it was up to him, hed play all day and eat like 1/2 of a pb n j sandwich. he just has so much energy! :)

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I know how that is! Ian is the exact same way. I just have to make him sit down and not mess with anything around him. Our dining room table has to be spotless for this to work!

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yah, it can be tough sometimes. he always wants to get up and walk around with his food... or worse, leave it on the table. haha. we dont have a dining room table... we dont have a dining room, haha, but he has his very own food/art table, with some trashbags taped underneath it so he cant make messes. he just hates to miss all the fun of playing for something so dull as eating. lol.

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That totally sounds like my son! Its a constant battle with him whining to his dad "his tummy hurts" he always wants to take Ian to the dr. after he says it and I'm just like "Babe! He's saying it cuz he knows you'll let him off eating!" And I mean he NEVER wants to eat. I could offer him ice cream and most the time he'd still turn me down! I just give him lots of small stuff all day!

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I definately agree with letting him help pick out the foods and prepare them. At school we do a lot of cooking, and the kids will eat fruits and veggies like crazy when they get to help prepare them. :)

You can also really play up new foods. Make it really special and exciting.

Sometimes I even use a little reverse psychology. I pretend like the new food is really special and only grown ups can eat it. That gets an instant, "I want some!!" lol