Toddler Food Guidelines (cont.)
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How do I get my toddler to eat in general and eat vegetables in particular?
Parents must realize that toddlers love to control their environment and enjoy predictability. They will often binge on one particular food at the expense of all others. Then suddenly they will become bored with food "A," refuse that food, and randomly switch to food "B." Trying to predict when this change will occur and what food "B" will be is a waste of parental time. Another reality is that toddlers don't know or appreciate the time and effort parents will muster to provide a meal. Food to toddlers is a given. It was always there and it always will be. Parents have a great emotional investment in meal preparation; however, don't take it personally when your toddler rejects a meal outright. Try to view yourself as a waitress in a restaurant. If your child is hungry, the food will be consumed; if not, you can nibble on it yourself! Many parents observe that breakfast is often consumed with gusto, lunch is accepted, and dinner deteriorates into a battleground (and possibly a war zone with food flying everywhere). The following general suggestions may lessen the stress of meals:
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