Tip: You DO have Power…

Does your child only want one thing to eat and one thing only? While you might think that’s a bad thing, you can actually take a lot of control over the situation when that happens.

Here’s what you do. For dinner one night, make your child something to eat other than what he normally has. Have the favorite prepared, too, but keep that aside for the moment.

Sit down at the table and present your child with the new dish. He will protest, to be sure. Tell your child to take one bite, and then, and only then, can he have his favorite.

The child will fuss and refuse and cross his/her arms, but eventually, he will give in. After all, it’s only one bite–a No Thank You Bite–if you will. If the child doesn’t give in, try placing the favorite dish on the table with you, and convince the child that one bite isn’t going to harm him. He will very likely give in, when he sees his old standby waiting for him.

Do this for several nights in a row. Eventually, your child will not mind trying new things. Insist that he take a No Thank You Bite from everything that you offer him.

Give it a try. You won’t regret it and neither will your child. Good Luck!



  1. kweenmama said,

    May 20, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog. When I click on your name it takes me to your old blog–I was touched to read there and see your story. I am glad you are still keeping the door ajar, a miracle just might happen!

    As for this post–great tips! It will be helpful to many who have picky eaters at home. That, good or bad, is not a problem we have at our house. But a house full of teens that are not picky makes us go through a tremendous amount of food!

  2. Elsie said,

    August 6, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Great tip! My granddaugter is at the stage where she can live on viennas the whole day, I will definitely try this.

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