We don’t fight with the kids about food. Every meal we set food in front of the kids and they eat it, or not. We don’t do the “one more bite” or “clear your plate” or “no dessert until you eat your dinner.” There’s no way to force them to eat, so why try? (By the way, nobody would ever make an adult eat something they don’t like, so why do people do that to kids?)
Anyway, I’ve always liked doing things this way (WAY less stress) but it’s really paying off now. Because right now? Kalena is going through a phase of “not” wanting to eat. I say “not” because she’ll tell me she’s not hungry and as soon as I tell her that that’s fine and she doesn’t have to eat she’s suddenly ready. Although, sometimes she does change her mind 6 or 7 times before she actually eats (and in the end she ALWAYS eats.) Every time she decides she’s hungry or not hungry I just say, “okay” and resume what I’m doing. I’m sure that if I tried to make her it would turn into a battle of the wills and I just don’t want to fight that fight. So. How do you do food with your kids?