Some parents are \u201clucky\u201d to have kids that eat almost anything from when they were born until they are old enough to buy food on their own. But some parents\u2014let\u2019s just say dinners can be a battle. Kids will usually be \u201cpicky eaters\u201d starts at after their second birthdays up until they are 7 or less (if you are lucky.) We often see parents will force their kid who are picky eaters to eat this and that but what they don\u2019t know is the harder the force, the harder they refuse. Both of the parents and the kids should learn to compromise and it\u2019s the parents\u2019 duty to teach them how.\r\n\r\nIt doesn\u2019t always have to be a mealtime battle for both of you and your kids. You just have to know how to control, the tricks, and how to slowly help \u201cpicky eaters\u201d to get over this outrageous habit. Though, knowing what\u2019s behind why your kid is refusing to eat helps to get over this phase. So let\u2019s get started, shall we parents?\r\nKnow why your kids are picky eaters\r\n\r\n \t\r\nIt tastes bad.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t lie about this, but if you prefer to eat the sweeter flavoured food instead of I-can\u2019t-explain-this-taste flavour, then why your kids should eat them? And research has found that kids have more taste buds than we adults do because we lose them as we age. So if you taste the food is too salty, your kids will taste even saltier than you. And if you hate taking the pills because it\u2019s bitter, then your kids feel twice as you do. So offer a range of foods. Present different foods each time, so they will have options which to choose from and not be the picky eaters they are. So instead of raw broccoli, try stir fry them. Instead of plain broccoli, try to prepare something they can dip into.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nThe food is boring.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNo offense, but you have to keep in mind that they are just kids and that they are \u201cpicky eaters\u201d. Your food is not boring, but maybe to them, it\u2019s too plain. Why not spice things up with different dish? Or you could let your kids decide what to eat or prepare once a week. So each week and that particular day, they will get excited and try to come up with different foods they want to try or for you to prepare. Try to incorporate more colours, more randomness in your daily meals and not the plain old boring ones like in the movies you are always watching. And remember, eat with your family no matter how busy you are because some of these icky eaters just want you to deal with them because some other time you are just too busy with your phones or work.\r\n\r\n \t\r\n\u201cI don't want to eat, I'm not hungry\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat a clich\u00e9 thing to say huh kids? But don\u2019t worry parents! Use that as your weapon. They are not hungry? Serve a few of the least of their favourite food to eat and their most favourite food to eat. And ask them, if they want to eat their favourite food, they will have to try their lest favourite one first. Three bites rules are the best to apply in this situation.\r\nMake them taste the food, even if they are picky eaters.\r\n- Start with a small portion\r\n\r\n\r\nServe at the smallest amount of new food so they will not coward away or quiver from the food because it\u2019s too foreign or it\u2019s too orange for them. Control yourself from forcing them to try the food, even it\u2019s the smallest portion. When it\u2019s too small, they will try to taste it because it\u2019s weird, how could food be this small? And each time they tried, praise them with their favourite food. The next day and the following day, decrease the amount of their favourite food and increase the number of new foods. In no time, they will ask for more.\r\n- Don\u2019t change the food\r\nStick with the routine! Don\u2019t always change. If we have to adapt to something for a certain period of time, then your kids have to go through the same thing too. So be patient and stick with the same food. If you want to introduce different foods each time, try offering them snacks.\r\n- Reduce the intake of snacks\r\nYou\u2019ve heard them say \u201cI\u2019m not hungry\u201d all the time and you may think they are lying, but they are not\u2014well not most of the time. If you keep on offering snacks and give them snacks, they won\u2019t be able to eat during lunch, or dinner or even supper. So cutbacks the intake of snacks and drinks, especially before dinner.\r\n- Minimises Distraction\r\nThis is common for families these days. Their dining room is can hear the TV running or the dining table is close to the TV. Turn off the TV and all the other gadgets\u2014including your phones, parents. Hands off the phone. This is to help them concentrate to eat. TV commercials will only make them the picky eaters that they are to eat more sugary and less healthy foods.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t worry, picky eaters will usually get over this phase when they are 8 or 9 and they will often eat everything and anything. Try to be more creative when preparing food for the whole family so everyone can enjoy. If you only set a specific dish for your picky eaters' kids, they will feel left out and forced. So be a good example and eat with the whole family. Remember, your kids won\u2019t change overnight even with these tricks. Be patient. If you are worried this habit and phase will affect your child\u2019s growth, consult with your doctor and they will help you.