Food issues can be a source of a lot of conflict. It is one of the areas where we have very little control except to provide plenty of choice , plenty of snacks and drinks in between meals, making sure everything is healthy and tasty. If everytthing is healthy and tasty , we can give kids the freedom to choose and avoid conflict. We can also spend time with kids learning about a healthy diet , what foods our bodies need , what is good for the body and what is bad for the body. They can then particpate in planning meals, helping in the kitchen and actually preparing meals. We can problem solve with them out of the moment in how we can meet our personal needs in a family dinner.
Bribing them to finish food and clean the plate can lead to childhood obesity
In a study of 77 kids , kids whose parents bribed them to finish the eating or clean the plate became fatter
interesting there is a diet for adults called intuitive eating . Diets don't work because they don't teach us to eat when hungry and stop eating when we are satisfied