Eight Tips To Encourage Kids To Eat Vegetables

It’s tempting to camouflage vegetables by grating and stirring them through a meal when your kids refuse to eat them. This system might sneak a little extra nutrition into your children’s diet, but it doesn’t teach them that vegetables are an integral part of everyday eating. If you want to encourage your kids to accept vegetables, start by considering why they refuse to eat them in the first place.
When children dodge eating vegetables, they are not just objecting to the taste. Young children are still developing their fine motor skills, so balancing peas on a fork sometimes requires more co-ordination than a child can deliver at dinner-time. Also, children instinctively distrust unfamiliar textures – crunchy, squishy and leafy are all dangerously foreign to someone who has recently advanced from puree. Finally, as every parent knows, kids are stubborn. If you force the issue, they will refuse to eat on principle. Well, how much would you enjoy eating broccoli if someone was waving it in front of your face?
Here are eight tips to help your child accept vegetables without an argument:
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