Please help me out ! My daughter is picky eater .

Singapore
April 8, 2013 9:43pm CST
Hi myLotters! I hope you can help me out. My 5-year old daughter is a picky eater. She doesn't like vegetables, potatoes and some dishes I cook . :( I tried many ways to entice her to eat , but she simply refuses. How to make her eat especially vegetables? If she still refuses, is it okay to give her vitamins supplements ? I am in dilemma. I want her to grow healthier. If you experienced similar as me and you manage to get your kids to eat what you cook, please share with me . Thank you in advance .
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@joizee (502)
• Philippines
10 Apr 13
Hi happyhappylife! It really starts with introducing various food to kids at early ages. What's her favorite? Try to incorporate veggies to her favorites. Like fruity pancakes, etc. Additionally, don't force here to eat veggies or healthy food. Instead, show her how good it is to eat them. Eat what you give to your child, too. Remember, children's best learning ability is observation-copying method. Involved them in cooking or shopping or even in gardening. This way your daughter would appreciate healthier foods easily. Good luck!
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• Singapore
10 Apr 13
Hi joizee ! Oh yes, I heard about the observation-copying method too. Ok I admit I also did not eat healthy food sometimes , so maybe she thinks "Mom doesn't eat that, doesn't eat this, so why should I ?" Thanks for highlighting! I will learn to be a better role food model. :)
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
9 Apr 13
I have a good suggestion for you as far as vegetables. My son is 2 1/2 years old and he seems getting more and more picky as well. Since that, I got a advice from my friend, she suggested me to blend vegetables into juice, what a sneaky way to get the greens into his meal! There're a couple my son particularly likes: -apple + carrot juices -blueberry+spinach You can simply blend kales/spinach/carot in apple juice, the sweetness of the apple juice will take the edge off of the veggies taste.
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• Singapore
10 Apr 13
That's a very good suggestion indeed ! Thanks mermaidivy. I will give it a try. Hopefully it works . If it works, I will update you. mmmm... it is making me drool . I also want to try it. :)
@youless (87127)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Apr 13
Your daughter sounds like my son when he was a little child. My son was also a picky eater. I still suggest you give your daughter natural food rather than the vitamins supplements. Because I regard the vitamins supplements as a kind of medicine and as you know all the medicine have the side effects. I understand it is quite frustrating since your daughter is so picky for the food. I think you shall try to make different and attractive food for her. If she doesn't like eating potatoes, try to make it as the mashed potato or even french fries. It seems most children like it. It is a way for her to accept new food. You can also try to cook with her. It is better to let her help you to do some little things when you are cooking. She will be proud of it and therefore you can tell her the food tastes great with her help and she shall like to have a try.
• Singapore
11 Apr 13
I am also not comfortable giving vitamin supplements as what you mentioned about side effects is true. About potatoes, i will try as what you suggest. Good idea! I think it will be fun getting her engaged in cooking together. I will try this out too. Thanks for the tips!
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
10 Apr 13
I know this sounds rather cruel, but she will eat when she gets hungry. Give her lots to drink and see that she gets lots of exercise. Let her have one glass of milk, and let her eat when she will. Don't force feed her or give her cookies or candy. She will eat when she gets hungry! I raised 4 healthy boys, and now I'm a Great Grandfather!
• Singapore
10 Apr 13
Pretty cool ! I must learn more from you too. She loves drinking milk. And she loves exercises too especially playing at playgrounds. Talking about hungry, she won't eat vegetables no matter how delicious or attractive I made. But I will try again this time. I must put away all sweety stuff from her. Thanks for the suggestion barehugs .:)
• United States
9 Apr 13
Smoothies are a great way to hide veggies. Kale might be too much but romaine lettuce, carrots, etc can be blended with a banana, some strawberries (frozen is okay)and some apple juice. Yummy.
• Singapore
10 Apr 13
Thanks for your suggestion too ! I used to think that a child must eat vegetables with rice or soup. I never think of smoothies. Cool stuff! I will give it a try too . :)
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@scubapro (1058)
• Gifu, Japan
9 Apr 13
it must be so dificult to have a kid who picks the foods,but its very easy to make her eat if you can find out pink lies about foods just try to make some stories about vegetables so it makes them interesting and attractive to her then she will start eating,believe me thi method works but you can also find out delicious seasonings which makes vegetables more delicious so she can like the taste happy mylotting
• Singapore
9 Apr 13
I like about telling her how attractive vegetables is. Thanks for the useful tip! I will try it. :) Happy myLotting too .