What to try
• Stay relaxed about the issue. If you're clear about your job (providing healthy food) and you're child's job (deciding whether or not to eat, you're not likely to feel quite as stressed.
• Don't allow the situation to escalate into a power-struggle over food. It's a lose-lose proposition for you.
• If you're concerned that your child isn't getting enough to eat (or eating a wide enough variety of foods), consult with a dietitian or other healthcare provider who specializes in pediatric nutrition. (Call your doctor or your local public health unit or health department for referrals.)
Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site, having-a-baby.com.
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