Remember your feeding jobs
You provide, the child decides. So do your job by putting vegetables on the table every day and let your child do their job of deciding whether to eat them and how much to eat. The more we force a child to eat vegetables the less likely they’ll want to try them.
Get them involved
Start a veggie garden or get your child to help prepare the vegetables at meal times. You’d be surprised – when your child has helped to grow or cook a vegetable, they might be more likely to try a taste.
Don’t know where to start? Check out this great guide to cooking with kids.
Be a good role model
You can’t expect your child to eat vegetables if you don’t eat them yourself. New foods are scary to small children. Your child needs to see you eating those scary foods to learn they are safe. If they see their parents, brothers and sisters eating vegetables a lot, they’ll be more likely to give them a go themselves.
Make mealtimes enjoyable
When you sit down to eat dinner as a family, try to take the focus off what and how much vegetables your child eats. Use the time to catch up on each other’s day and the latest news instead. When mealtimes are enjoyable, children eat better.
Don’t give up
To grow to like vegetables, a child needs to have pleasant or neutral experiences with them – over and over again. Keep offering vegetables even if your child doesn’t eat them. Over time they will learn to like them, so the earlier you start, the better.