Moms have always told us to eat our vegetables, even though when we were younger, those vegetables were not so appealing to us. If your mom was anything like mine, you were nagged and was unable to leave the table unless you finished everything on your plate. If it was getting too late, and we did not finish what was on the plate, we did not get a free pass. Instead, it would be waiting for us in the morning. Yum, leftover dinner for breakfast.
If there is one thing I have learned throughout my studies, it is that forcing a child to eat creates an unhealthy relationship with food. Instead, there are many other ways in having your child eat vegetables, or anything healthy that they may not like. It may require more work, but it is better than ruining the relationship with food. Forcing a child to eat can cause eating disorders, a desire to not eat, or create picky eaters. Nevertheless, they will associated eating with negativity. Vegetables and other foods are very important for our health, and our brain. It is important to have your children fall in love with food.