So, I need your help with the dominant problem in my house right now: three-year-old picky eating.
My three-year-old daughter refuses to eat most fruits and vegetables. (I feel like I wrote a very similar post about a year ago. Clearly, not much has changed!)
She also fights me about what is on her dinner/lunch plate. Breakfast is usually not a problem– she will eat cereal, waffles, eggs, etc.
But come dinnertime, I make one meal for our family. She gets what we eat. Same with my one-year-old.
Now if she flat-out refuses to eat what’s on her plate, WHAT DO I DO?!
Do I offer her an alternative? (I’m thinking that’s not the best idea…)
Or do I let her go to bed hungry if she doesn’t eat her dinner?
I have read that I’m supposed to just present her with new foods over and over again, and eventually she will try them. Does that really work?
I’ve also read that yelling and bribing are not effective methods to make a little one eat a certain food. Yet, that has been successful for me…although I do fear that as a teenager, she will have nightmares about carrots after I forced her to eat them at gunpoint. (Joking!)
So how do I win this battle of getting my child to eat the foods that I want her to eat? Or is it juts impossible at this age?
Let me know what you have done that worked (or didn’t work!).