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How to get your child to eat anything but bagels and pizza

Help! How do you do this? No suggestion too small.

Sat. Jul 17, 8:58am

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Why not just give them a healthy form. They have healthy pizza and bagels. Just put healthy stuff on bagels. You are the parent! just tell them if you want a bagel, you must have whatever is important to you. You know, i never made an issue (Thank God< didn't have too) of food. Just have healthy food in your house. You have to lay off the bagels and pizza too. Get the food you don't want out of your house. A slice of pizza or bagel once in awhile won't kill them. Good Luck!

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 11:09 AM

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Stop offering bagels and pizza. there's no need for a big discussion about how they need to eat x, y, or z - just a simple, 'We don't have any of those right now. Your choices are _________." Yes, they grouse,and they may initially refuse, but what's the trade off? We can't expect our children to make it easy on us and gleefully accept foods that are good for them when they can always have what they really want as the alternative. There's absolutely no incentive to eat anything else when that's the case.

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 5:15 PM

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agree ^^

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 5:20 PM

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Totally agree. I don't think there's any children out there who have starved to death because they wouldn't eat pizza (or whatever the thing is that they want). Stick to your guns, and remember, it is your job to be the parent! They do not know what is best for them, and they need your help to learn. Sometimes you have to help them by being tough.

Sunday, July 18, 2010, 8:32 PM

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I know it's not possible for everyone, but my kids eat a lot more veggies when they are from our garden, especially when we have designated certain plants that are "theirs". Now my daughter loves zucchini and my son loves to eat tomatoes. Or, take them grocery shopping and show them some better choices.

Monday, July 19, 2010, 9:13 AM

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We have pizza night every Saturday. Everyone makes their own. This might work for you. If your child knows that s/he will get it, it won't be forbidden. No food should be forbidden. That's just creating a problem.

How about bagels every other morning? Again, not forbidden. Just make sure there's some protein with it.

I do agree with 5:15. No need to fight or have a big discussion. You are in charge. Just set down the rules and follow them.

Good luck!

Monday, July 19, 2010, 1:43 PM

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Since you've allowed your child to only eat those things, I would expect that you keep those items stocked.

I would suggest that you only allow bagels for breakfast, and only a couple times a week. Homemade oatmeal is a easy and healthy alternative. My kids love it with a bit of sugar and fruit. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are great when you're in a real hurry.

If it's frozen pizza that you keep on hand, I strongly suggest you stop buying that. Have a special night when you make homemade pizza, and let the child make his own (like someone else suggested).

I agree with the others, you simply need to stop letting those foods be a daily option.

It'll be a little tough not giving in to your child, who has been getting their own way for so long. But aren't you ready to be in control again? Best wishes.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 12:39 PM

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