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Raising A Kid Who Loves Carrots And Kale: Ways to Avoid Picky Eaters


Before you became a parent, you probably imagined yourself lovingly preparing toddler meals featuring fresh-picked kale and free-range chicken eggs from your backyard. But despite the best laid plans, feeding kids wholesome, healthy meals is a constant challenge that becomes even more complicated by kids who turn up their noses and complain about the healthy foods they're served.

It's no wonder that many parents give up and serve their kids a staple rotation of chicken nuggets and boxed macaroni and cheese. The problem is that the habits kids form now will guide their tastes and eating habits even as adults. It's important for kids to develop healthy eating habits young, and it's important for parents to avoid turning mealtimes into a battleground.

While some children have legitimate feeding problems that require special handling, most picky eaters are made, not born. These seven tips will help you raise kids who enjoy (or at least sample) everything from carrots to kale.

1. Don't push too hard.

Mealtime can quickly devolve into a power struggle. Don't push your child to clean their plate, or bribe them to finish a given food. Instead, serve small portions that will encourage your child to ask for more and learn how to read their own hunger cues.