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Should the whole family eat the same thing for dinner?

For most families, the idea of making different meals for different members of the family just doesn’t work with our busy schedules. However, while you probably don’t have the time, there’s no real harm in preparing different meals for yourself and your kids – especially if you’re making something that they don’t like!

One way to get around this problem is to make a variety of foods for dinner – including a few that you know your kids like. Offer your children a range of healthy choices, but don’t comment on, or criticise, what they do or don’t eat. Letting your child decide what he or she will eat, and when, is the easiest way to make sure that he or she is getting adequate nutrition.

Ensure that when you serve dinner, your child gets an appropriately sized portion. Huge mountains of food can be daunting to kids, and you don’t want to scare your child by offering too much food!
Always include vegetables and fruit with meals. It’s been proven that children who eat with their families eat more fruit and vegetables, so make sure that your preschooler is also eating with the rest of the family.

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