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  1. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from stevielynn
    Mercy - my niece and her husband make their daughter sit at the table and finish the food on her plate . . drives me crazy.

    As a toddler and pre-schooler she just didn't eat a lot. Something that is normal, in my experience. I think they panicked, thinking she wasn't getting any nutrition. She would eat macaroni and cheese and a couple of other things. They were worried about variety. I say, let her eat the mac and cheese.

    So, they don't overload her plate, but they do make her try a little of everything and eat it all. At Thanksgiving, my sis-in-law (this girl's grandma) made the most delicious roasted winter veggies (beets, squash, etc). However, it would be a RARE child who would like these veggies. They gave a some and made her eat it.

    These are wonderful parents - in just this little area I disagree with them.

    And this has been going on for years (she is 8 years old). She always eats the food - it just takes encouraging words from her parents. They are not mean about it.

    I wonder about the ramifications . .. maybe all the other good they do will cancel out this little thing.

    When my son was little, his pediatrician told me that in his experience, the thing that parents are most likely to worry needlessly about is the amount or variety of food their child eats. As for your niece, like I said, many of my peers were raised with the same clean your plate mentality as was I, and they moderate their food intake just fine. I think food issues are like so many other issues, a combination of nature and nurture.

    I think I got a break on holidays, though. Eight year olds just don't get root vegetables, I don't think.