Here are some of the tips the nutritionist then gave me that worked well for our daughter. The nutritionist told me that consistency with these “rules” was going to be my secret weapon. It wouldn’t happen overnight, even weeks, but to stick with it!
2. Don’t be a short-order cook. Whatever you are making for dinner, she needs to try. I do try to give my child options as far as what we prepare for the meal (For example, I let her decide what vegetable she would like I then prepare her choice of vegetable for the family). Kids like to feel in control. This way they feel they had some choice in the matter.
3. Avoid a lot of snacking in between meals. I find she doesn’t fight mealtime as much when she hasn’t grazed all day on snacks.
4. What is she doesn’t eat the prepared meal? I repeat, “This is dinner. You may decide not to eat, but you will not get anything after.” I also keep her plate she usually doesn’t touch in the fridge, so when she complains about being hungry at bedtime I can inform her she can eat her dinner that I saved if she is still hungry.
We’ve had many nights of “I’m hungry!” and refusal to eat what was prepared. I keep telling myself, “she must not be that hungry if she won’t eat what I provided.”