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and wants to see their children eating. Part of the parents’ responsibility of what to eat includes being considerate without catering. “We’re having sushi, would you like spaghetti instead?” That’s catering. It’s not up to the child to decide what food will be served. Including a basket of rolls, a bowl of plain rice, pasta, crackers or some other starchy food the child will accept, however, is being considerate to the eating ability of the child. Kids need to trust that they will get fed before they will venture willingly into the territory of trying new foods. Providing a preferable option beside unfamiliar food is essential to creating an enjoyable eating environment for both parent and child.

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a more nutritious diet, but to whom does this really matter? Encouragement and the ever famous “eat-or-go-hungry” memes only teach children to eat to please others, instead of food they enjoy and for their own needs. Picky eating affects the entire family. It’s not fair to expect a child to shoulder all the responsibility to change. There is a well known feeding model called the Division of Responsibility. The parent is responsible for what food to eat, when to eat, and where the food is served. But wait…there’s a bit more to it than simply deciding the family is feasting on sushi tonight at the kitchen table. There is nothing wrong with introducing the kids to sushi, or any food the parents enjoy

So you served preferred pasta beside the unfamiliar sushi and

all your child ate was plate after plate of pasta, barely giving the sushi a sideways glance. That’s okay. In fact, that is the child’s responsibility --- to decide how much to eat. This is how children develop a healthy relationship with food. Your child may eat several servings of the starchy alternative, or very little, or none at all. He may look at the selection of sushi, but not want it on his plate. He might take a piece, but not eat it. He may put a piece in his mouth and then spit it out. All of this is very normal child eating behavior. The parent has created an environment where children can be successful with eating by providing opportunity for neutral, nopressure exposure to new food. Have patience. Children need several, --- contd. pg. 49

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