Dietitian offers advice on improving a child's eating habits

11/26/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

How parents approach meals with their children plays an important role in their willingness to try a range of foods, writes registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman. "Letting your child (politely) refuse to eat a meal without offering him an alternative -- or a scolding or guilt trip for that matter -- is a short-term investment that generally yields positive long-term benefits," she writes. She also recommends varying the menu and offering foods the child may not like more often to help the child learn to enjoy it.

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