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When Your Child Just Isn't Hungry

Probably the greatest frustration to most parents is a child's complete lack of appetite. One thing is for sure, though: A child will eat when she or he is hungry. Over time, children even out their food intake, averaging the same calories every day.

It's not necessary to force your child to eat. In fact, coercing will merely increase resistance. And you will only set yourself up for frustrating mealtimes. You may even notice your child eats more when you put less emphasis on the meal.

Don't assume your child is picky or particular about foods if she or he rejects a certain food. Some foods might be difficult to chew or might be unappealing because of their color or smell. We all go through this, even as adults. When something doesn't work, make a mental note to change the way you serve it next time.

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From Quick Meals for Healthy Kids and Busy Parents. Copyright © 1995 by Sandra K. Nissenberg, Margaret L. Bogle, and Audrey C. Wright. All rights reserved. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

To order this book visit www.wiley.com.


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