5) Enact A "No Snacks" Rule
If the "not hungry at meals" thing is becoming a habit, take a look at your child's snacking habits. Maybe he's gorging himself on cookies and chips an hour or two before your usual dinnertime. This is when it's best to enact a "no snacks after ___" rule on everyone in the house. This way, you can be guaranteed that everyone will be hungry when you serve dinner.
6) Stick To A Meal Schedule
Our crazy lives can send anyone's digestive system into chaos. When you spend Monday night at the soccer fields and pick up dinner from the drive-thru around 7 PM and then eat dinner at 5 PM on Tuesday, your kid's stomach starts to wonder what's going on with the food delivery system.
The best thing to do is set a meal schedule and stick with it. Serving meals and snacks on a schedule will train your kid's system when it's time to eat and when it's not.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spine/558333048/
7) Set A Good Example
It's important that you sit down with your kids and eat your dinner without any complaints or comments. This will serve as a good example to your kids - not only will they see that the meal is yummy but that you're willing to eat all sorts of food and lived through the experience.
8) Have Your Kids Help You
Most kids will be more willing to eat something if they've had a hand in fixing it. So, use your little helpers when you're choosing healthy foods at the store. They can hold the produce bags, count apples as you put them in the bag, and be sent to retrieve items that are down the aisle from where you're standing.
Once you're home, your kids can help you put things away and wash fruits and vegetables. At dinner time, younger kids can measure and pour stuff while older ones can slice produce and stir pots. It may be "taxing" to have a little helper under foot when you're trying to get a meal out fast but remember that the time you spend in the kitchen with them now will pay on in the future.Credit: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/491203
9) Stand Firm
Once you've fixed a meal and set it on the table, stand your ground. "This is what we're having for dinner. If you don't like it, you don't have to eat it but you're not getting anything else or a bedtime snack." You may be their mom but that doesn't mean that you are your kids' personal short-order cook.