Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Getting My Child to Eat

As you know, I have had an issue getting my three year old to eat. Well, I believe it has come to an end. (Two meals down) I read an article written my one of the administrators at my daughter's preschool that had some brilliant suggestions. In the article, she suggested letting kids fill their own plates. This way, they don't feel overwhelmed by what the adult thinks she should be eating, and it gives them a sense of ownership to the meal. At the first try with this new approach, my daughter had three helpings of a pasta dish she would normally eat only a bite. At breakfast, due to the nature of the food, cereal with milk, she ate only a bite or two and declared she was done. At lunch today, she ate by far more than she would eat in a day since I placed the food on a tray an didn't give any opinion on what she should try. With this new approach, she tried everything, and had seconds again. Could we be onto something here? I'm not sure, but for the moment, it seems to be working.

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