Let's face it: If it wasn't hard to get kids to eat healthy, we wouldn't be talking about in the first place. As an adult, I know how hard it is to get myself to eat healthy--so how much more for children who are innately wired to crave everything they're not "supposed" to eat--essentially any nutrient-less, sugar-packed food? I can speak from personal experience (not from being a mom, but from years and years of "playing mom" as both a babysitter and nanny) when I say that convincing a child to finish their 'healthy' food can be a legitimate battle. I know what it's like to sit for an hour after dinner should have ended trying to force a 5-year-old to swallow just two more "big-kid bites" of vegetables. And, let's be honest, what was really achieved when it was all said and done? Did I leave the table proud that I won the tearful battle of will against a toddler? Did I feel accomplished having overcome a 5-year-old's stubbornness and packed a whopping two teaspoons-worth more butternut squash into his tiny belly? No. Not at all. It was 60 minutes of pure torture and utter frustration, that's what it was.
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