If you’ve read my various snack idea articles (linked here, here, and here) and you’re thinking… “My kids won’t eat that”. Well, I’ve got you covered!

You’re the parent! It’s your job to supply nutritious food. Your child’s job is to decide how much and if they will eat.

Should your child not want the snack on offer, that’s their choice.

Stand firm, lead by example and enjoy the food you’ve prepared. Your child won’t die of starvation.

Some final tips:

  • Rather than refer to your snacks as ‘healthy snacks’, just refer to them as snacks
  • When parents provide, eat, and enjoy nutritious foods, this becomes the norm: Your kids follow your example. If you don’t eat vegetables or dairy, your child won’t want to either. ‘Do as I do’ is better than ‘do as I say’

The key is moderation. If you’re out for the day and decide to buy a meal, enjoy it, and supplement your day with snacks from home. It’ll save you money, calories, and set a good example for your kids.

Want to feel confident knowing you have some simple, kind phrases up your sleeve to reduce your stress and frustrations at mealtimes? Get started below. Start minimizing mealtime meltdowns and stop fighting with your child so you can enjoy mealtimes again.



Hi, I'm Thalia the Dietitian 👋 I help parents overcome picky eating challenges, conquer mealtime battles and raise happy & healthy eaters. My unique approach to parenting at mealtimes uses elements of the “division of responsibility”, but goes even further when it comes to restricting (or not restricting) foods like dessert. I help parents through my courses and 1-1 coaching program approach mealtime situations from a place of respect, curiosity, and understanding to achieve their desired results. It’s my belief that every child deserves a healthy relationship with food, and every parent can give this gift to their child. I have a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics and I'm mum to two little ladies (and a retired guide dog lab.)


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    Thalia · June 1, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you

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    Thalia · June 2, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Many thanks!

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