From Food Network.
1. Ask your child to try just one bite
The threat of having to eat an entire portion of any food is daunting. Promise your child that all you require is a single taste. If, after trying a new food, she still insists that itâs not going to be on her menu, you should accept that statement with a nod.
2. Reintroduce foods on a periodic basis
Many kids have to try a food several times before developing a taste for it.
3. Serve as a role model
Let your children see you enjoy a wide variety of foods. Even if you donât push them to try it, they will see that sauteed broccoli or sweet potato fries can be delicious. Scheduling family meals helps kids watch the adults in their family enjoying lots of different types of foods.
4. Try foods in different forms
Your daughter turns her nose up at potassium-rich bananas? Try a chilled fruit soup or a smoothie milkshake with bananas and yogurt. Often, foods that arenât so appealing in their natural state can take on a whole new appeal when "repackaged" to suit kidsâ tastess.
5. Donât allow kids to eat snacks right before meals
If you want your picky eater to eat the dinner youâve prepared, donât give in to requests for graham crackers and milk late in the afternoon. If kids are hungry, thereâs a far better chance that they will eat the baked chicken or hamburgers you
place in front of them.
6. Use dinner as a special family-focus time
Think of dinner as an opportunity for quality time rather than a chance to focus on the food your selective son eats. This way, there is less pressure on him to please you and more on sharing the details of his day.
7. Give your child a role in mealtime preparations
Allow your daughter to help prepare dinner and your son to set the table â and let her help to choose the menu. If children have buy-in for the meal, thereâs a greater chance that they will eat it.
8. Become familiar with the amount of food your child really needs
Often, we think our children require more than they truly do â and when they say that theyâre finished, they really are. Kids donât need to eat as much as adults â often, we should take our cues from them and stop eating when we feel full. Being aware of nutritional guidelines can help curb the need to push second helpings.