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Once your figure out what to feed your children, you might have a hard time getting them to eat it.  Feeding babies is the easiest stage because most accept a wide variety of food.  But around 18 months to 2 years of age picky eaters emerge almost overnight. 

Toddlers are notorious for rejecting food and begging for their favorites while preschoolers and school-aged children can be finicky as well.  Even though it’s a normal part of development, this lengthy stage can rattle even the most patient parent.  What parents don’t realize is that how they feed their picky eater can make all the difference in the world, not only in terms of parental sanity but for the future health and well-being of their child.

Before you do anything you’ll need to refine your feeding strategy.  Here we use the Ellyn Satter Division of Responsibility.

Next, you’ll want to learn how to turn your picky eater into a healthy eater. Check out our picky-eating series to get all the tools you need to get through this lengthy stage of development with success and confidence.

Another important aspect of bring peace to mealtime is to have structure:

-5 Reasons Kids and Parents Thrive on Planned Mealtimes

-5 Reasons Moms should Rethink Food Handouts

Believe it or not, how you feed has a big impact on weight regulation. Get your children to tune in to their natural hunger and satiety signals to help prevent unnecessary weight gain now and later in life:

-5 Times you Never Want to Feed Your Kids

-Why Every Parent Needs A Feeding Strategy

-Book Review: Your Child’s Weight, Helping without Harming

Like childhood obesity, eating disorders are on the rise. Do what you can to prevent eating disorders and raise children who love their bodies and don’t diet. See our Eating Disorder Prevention series.

For more articles on this subject check out our Feeding Strategy section.

There’s still more, check out another vital aspect of raising healthy eaters — how to be a healthy role model for your children.

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