Should You Insist On A Clean Plate?

Children will object to things that are forced on them. Insisting that they clear their plate may make them ignore when they are full. Healthy eating also involves children choosing for themselves. A child needs to be taught to enjoy the right foods. As parents, you have control over what options your child can choose from. For instance, you can suggest choosing vegetables from the options, or there is a choice of whether to eat fruit after lunch or as a mid-afternoon snack. You can also discuss the child’s choices together to find out if they are good or not. Explaining without being critical will help children consider different choices the next time.