Education, Nutrition
Kids can be super stubborn when it comes to finishing their greens. This is one common problem that almost all parents have to face. However, the good news is it is not entirely impossible to get your kids to eat vegetables. All you need is some willpower, consistency and patience. Parents are just like teachers to their kids. You can teach them almost everything you want to if you adopt the right methodology.  Your question must be what the right methodology really is. Fret not! That’s what this article is about. Here are a few tips and methods that will lead you to conquer the unconquerable, to get your kids to eat vegetables :)  1. Be a Role ModelParents are the role model for their kids. They imitate your actions and follow your lead. Therefore, your eating patterns would directly affect theirs. If you yourself prefer burgers and fries over vegetables, it is useless to expect your kids to take them. If there will be no option other than veggies on the table, your kids will be more willing to finish what is on their plate. 2. Insist on Taking One Bite OnlyAccording to a research, kids start to accept the initially rejected food after taking eight to ten bites of it. This one bite rule has proved to be a success for many parents who made their kids take one bite of the vegetables every time it was served. The kid would eventually get familiar with the taste and start to take it more willingly. 3. Make Food FunKids enjoy everything more if it is turned into a game or something playful. Cook different vegetables separately because children love when their food is colorful, clean and designed into patterns on their plate. Kids enjoy the food when it is separated into heaps around the perimeter of the plate. You can make a smiley and ask them to eat it like pacman. This would make them more inclined towards finishing what is on their plate. 4. Reward on Finishing the BiteRewarding them on finishing their bite every time would create a positive food experience for them. It will eventually lead to a significant drop in picky eating tendency. It is also proven by research that little rewards make it easier for kids to try the food. It will also result in inclination towards the food they once rejected. 5. Keep at itAll children are not the same. Some are more stubborn and require more persistence and patience. However, the habits that they develop at this age are carried forward with them. Therefore it is significant for you to resolve their picky eating problems soon. Continue to be their role-model, make their food experience more positive and fun, involve them in the kitchen and take them for grocery shopping. All these efforts will help you to expose them to the food they often reject and develop their interest in it.  Special thanks to Beth Martel. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs at HealthyRecharge.com.