No child is a picky eater by nature, yet there are those who will challenge you at mealtime. Getting your child to try can be more difficult said than done, depending on whether they are going through a selective eating phase or simply have a natural aversion to trying something new.

However, sometimes the biggest difference comes from your attitude toward food. According to a 2017 study, “mealtime emotional climate” (also known as how enjoyable meals are for parents and kids) and a child’s consumption of healthy food are directly correlated. This means that whether your child tries their green beans or not may depend on how enjoyable you make the experience.There are certain kids who will test you at mealtime even though no youngster is a finicky eater by nature. Depending on whether your child is going through a selective eating phase or just has a natural reluctance to trying something new, it might be challenging to convince them to try

The biggest difference, though, might occasionally be found in how you see food. A 2017 study found a direct correlation between a child’s consumption of healthful foods and the “mealtime emotional climate” (also known as how enjoyable meals are for parents and children). Therefore, how much fun you make eating green beans with your child will likely determine whether or not they try them.Consider this: If a person continued encouraging you to take another bite.

Do this: Use the Satter Division of Responsibility for Feeding instead, which gives parents control over what, when, and where children eat while leaving the child in charge of how much and whether they eat. This technique helps to build your child’s confidence and encourages better self-regulation of food as they get older in addition to fostering a more positive environment at mealtime.