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Hey Mom and Dad, How Do You Convince Picky Kids to Eat Healthy Meals?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

Many families have resolved to try to eat better in the new year. However, this can often be easier said than done, with picky kids prone to pushing vegetables around on their plate and each dinner turning into a battle of willpower between you and your child. That brings us to this week's question.

How do you deal with kids who are picky eaters and just don't want to follow the program?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Dennis Wholey: Eliminate the normal goodies at home and buy only the good items you want them eating, we can't stop the snacking at friends homes but you can at your own, just as simple as taking my lunch to work instead of stopping at a fast food resturant has helped with my home. — Batavia Patch Facebook

Jenny Caliri: I used to chop up vegetables real small like carrots, green pepper, etc and put it in my hamburgers because my kids will not eat veggies. — Elmhurst Patch Facebook

Angel Bernahl: I didn't eat lettuce till I was 26 & am a life long picky eater. I tried things in my own time. I would just eat my veggies I did like all the time which consisted of corn, potatoes & broccoli. At least taste something before it's decided you don't like it. Try new veggies prepared different ways. My new favorites are parsnips & kale. — Geneva Patch Facebook

Jim Mcmahon Sales & Leasing: More greens veggies, no late night snacks. — Glen Ellyn Patch Facebook

Maria Chambers Barnes: They eat what's on the plate or don't eat at all. My rule is they have to at least try one bite of everything. They can't just say they don't like something without trying it. — Naperville Patch Facebook

Abby Elliott: Not following isn't a choice. You eat what I cook. If you don't, there is nothing else to eat. When they get hungry enough...they will give in. — St. Charles Patch Facebook

Tracy Colangelo: Our home isn't a restaurant, you eat what we serve with the family. — Wheaton Patch Facebook

So what's your take? Tell us in the comments. 

Lisa Kelly January 08, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Involving your children in the meal preparation is a great way to get them excited about the meal. Let them make suggestions and experiment with seasonings. Presentation is also helpful, fun shapes and colors are eye appealing. If all else fails you would be surprised how many nutritious foods you can disguise in a pancake, potato cheddar bake, smoothie ect...just ask an autism parent!:)
Melissa January 08, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I don't give other options, I'm here to insure they stay healthy, not to please them. Pleasing them with healthy food is a great bonus.
Despiser of Obama January 08, 2013 at 07:40 PM
They don't leave he kitchen table until they are done eating!
Elaine Lane January 08, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Plant a small veggie garden with your children! They'll get excited about watching the seed turn into a plant, they can help weed and water, etc. Make it a fun activity, and they'll be more apt to eat the final product since they invested time taking care of it.

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