Tips #9-14 (Helping our Kids be Better Eaters)

9.) Building treats into your children's day is important. You don't want kids to feel restricted and sneak treats or stuff themselves at the neighbor's house if they are never allowed to have them at your house.

Photo Credit: Amy Hendren

Photo Credit: Amy Hendren

10.) Sometimes changing the venue of a meal can change the whole mealtime dynamic. Try an outdoor picnic, a "fancy" dining room dinner or even a carpet picnic.

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11.) Don't make dessert contingent on a healthy food. Some nights are dessert nights, some aren't. Research shows making kids eat one food to get another makes them not like the trigger food and love the reward all the more.

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12.) Snacks (even healthy ones) kill meals. Make sure they don't get too close to each other.

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13.) If your kids want to eat their blueberries as dogs would, go with it (as long as they are old enough and won't choke)! It's something we might do in feeding therapy, and chances are they will like them more as a result! (Just maybe not while visiting Grandma's house!)

14). Once in awhile (when you find some extra energy), go for food art. Your kids will love it and thank you and just might eat it!

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