During meal time, parents should be in charge of WHAT, WHEN & WHERE to eat, while children are responsible for HOW MUCH and WHETHER OR NOT they want to eat.
As a parent, carefully plan the family’s meals so that you’re not giving in to ‘short-order cooking’.
You want to ensure that there is something everyone prefers, but also new foods to keep things interesting.
You also want to ensure that meal time is free of distractions and that snack times are well planned so they don’t affect your child’s appetite.
Your child, has the responsibility of deciding whether they eat and how much they eat.
There should be no ‘one-bite’ rules, and no force feeding.
You can however, teach your children how to monitor their internal cues for when they are full and express their preferences in a polite and more positive manner.
Source: Hero Nutritionals
The above has been drawn from Ellyn Satter’s books on happy and healthy eating.