Serve age-appropriate portions - Give your toddlers portions that are one-fourth to one-third the size of adult portions. A toddler faced with both a plateful of food and a parent who expects him to eat it all, is likely to become fussy and picky at the table. Gradually increase portion sizes for preschoolers and kindergartners, but don't expect your 5-year-old to eat the same amount of cooked vegetables as you do. By reducing the portion sizes, you give your child the opportunity to ask for seconds, which will help him feel in control.

 

Serve your child's favorites dish - If you want to add a dish that your child has not shown much interest in before, pair it with something she likes. For example, if you are encouraging her to enjoy broccoli, serve them with her favorite pasta.

 

Serve small portion of her favorite dessert with dinner - It's likely your child will eat the dessert first, and that's okay. The dessert will stimulate her appetite, making her more willing to move on to more nutritious fare.

 

Don’t worry if each meal is not nutritionally complete – Even though your child may eat only starchy foods one day, his natural desire for variety will motivate him to nibble on a piece of fruit or a vegetable later on and to try a small serving of meat the next day. During a week's time, he'll consume a variety of foods and get the majority of the nutrients he needs. Just be a little patient!

 

Let them go hungry – Don’t be afraid to let the kids get a little hungry before the meal time.