If you feel as though you need to be a professional negotiator and full time chef just to get through dinner time with your kids, you're not alone.
Get kids involved in preparation
Eat as a family
Set a good example
Some final tips:
- Try to only make one meal for the entire family. When children demand another meal, because they don't like the one you've made, it's usually because they want your attention - not because they don't like the food. Try not to make a separate meal for one or more members of the family - as this rewards fussiness.
- Try to stay clear of negotiation strategies that involve receiving treats like ice-cream if they eat their vegetables as it creates the idea that nutritious foods aren't pleasant.
- Be confident in suggesting if they simply don't like what is made that there isn't another option. Trust that your kids won't become malnourished or be at risk of starvation if they don't eat that meal.