I've been watching my husband's 7 year old cousin after school for a couple hours during the week each day for a few extra bucks, and it seems I cannot get him to eat anything healthy without having to bribe him. I HATE bribing and I feel like it is going to do the opposite of what I want- which is encourage him to eat anything in its natural state.
The only thing I can get down his gullet is apples and rarely baby carrots, peeled and chopped into tiny tiny skinny fingers. This is only if I tell him he can have his PBJ and milk after he eats them. (or whatever not really healthy snack his mom brings for him)
He will cry and whine if asked to eat vegetables. His parents have had to deal with this for quite a while now and Im assuming are just beginning to not give in anymore. He had such a previous issue with sweets that his whole top row of baby teeth were rotted out and capped. He is also a big boy for seven (he looks 9) and has a bit of pudge about the neck and middle.
I know there isn't much I can change of his habits in just two hours out of the day- but getting him to try new things is proving to be a losing battle.
Any suggestions to moms out there who have had to struggle with their kids' diets? Any suggestions I can give to his mom to help her out with his diet at home?