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Tips for Feeding Your Picky Eater
Every family has one—the Picky Eater—the child who complains about the meal’s look and smell, and refuses to taste even a bite. To the rescue are these 50 fun, quirky, tips from parents who got their picky eaters to try new, healthful foods—and actually enjoy them!


The tips, compiled by the Meal Makeover Moms, are included in their new cookbook, No Whine With Dinner. The book features 150 easy-to-make, family-friendly recipes, tested by moms and tasted by kids. SPECIAL OFFER: SchoolFamily.com readers can purchase No Whine With Dinner with free shipping and 30 percent off the list price by ordering the book using Promo Code: FS2011.



Adjust Your Recipes
Friday, 16 March 2012 10:34

Try These Tips From The Meal Makeover Moms

When my children complain about something I’m serving, I still request they eat a small amount, but I listen to why they don’t like it and make adjustments. I used to serve broccoli with a cheese sauce on top because I know my children love cheese. But apparently they prefer broccoli plain—either cooked or raw. If raw, they like it with ranch dressing for dipping. When it’s cooked, they prefer it barely cooked—not soggy, and separate from the cheese sauce. —Teena, mother of Aaron, age 5 and Angelica, age 11
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Pretend Not To Share the Good Stuff
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 20:39

Try These Tips From The Meal Makeover Moms

When my daughter does not want to try a specific food, her daddy tells her that the food she refuses to eat is his and that she better not eat it all up. She laughs and starts eating the food so that her daddy can’t get it. My daughter is now 4 and this has worked since she was about 2. My husband makes it a big game, and my daughter gets very excited about trying new foods or eating the foods that are good for her. She responds so much better when we make it fun.—Cassondra, mother of Victoria, age 4, John, age 20, and Jerrod, age 23
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Put Parsley on Everything
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 20:35

Try These Tips From The Meal Makeover Moms

I keep a bottle of dried parsley in the fridge and dust every dish with a little dried, or even better, fresh parsley. This helps the kids realize there is no such thing as “white food,” and it gets them used to the idea that herbs are supposed to be in food. Nothing goes out of my kitchen that is one color—ever. My reward? They don’t pick the rosemary out of the chicken when we are at a dinner party! —Kim, mother of Edie, age 3 and Lucy, age 4
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The Three Pennies Game
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:15

Try These Tips From The Meal Makeover Moms

When my children were younger, we played the “Three Pennies Game” at dinnertime. Each of us got three pennies, and the object was to get rid of your pennies before the meal was over. Each person had to give three compliments, after eating one bite, one for each penny. So, everyone tried at least three bites of the meal and said something nice, too—that meant talking at the dinner table! And at the end of the meal, the family could do a thumbs-up or thumbs-down which meant "make it again" or "no, thank you." —Kelly, mother of Julia, age 12 and Claudette, age 15
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