Getting your children to eat their veggies can be one very challenging task. With the yucky face, the spitting and all the fun and games, you never really know what they will do next.
When you are pregnant be sure to eat your veggies, at least once a day. This way your baby will be likely to have a taste for them. When I was pregnant with my son I was sure to eat lots of good fruits and veggies, plus drink lots of water so he would be more likely to prefer these things when he was ready to eat himself. If you are breastfeeding it is also a good idea to eat healthy. This will help your baby get a taste for the healthier foods.
Start your child out right, when they move to solid foods make sure to give them veggies first. It has been a long going rumor that if you give your baby fruits first then they will have a sweet tooth, but If you give them veggies then you are more likely to have them develop a taste for them. Start your child out while they are young so, hopefully, you will not have such an ongoing battle. For the first month my son was eating solids I was sure to give him veggies. I just wanted to be make sure that he would eat them in the future. So far my battle has been an easy one. I have never once had to fight with him to eat anything I put in front of him.
Try offering up a choice to your child. If they think it is up to them then they maybe more prone to give it a shot. If he hates carrots but some kinda likes corn, make him some corn. With this they will not have to eat something they detest.
Let them see you eating the veggies. Your children want to be grown ups, they look up to you. They look to you as an example. This also does mean that you have to let them see you enjoy eating your veggies, so smile big and say yummy.
Try growing your own garden and letting your kids help you. When you go to cook it, let them know they helped grow these vegetables. Make sure to include them in the process. Let your children brag to Daddy on how they they help grow the vegetables. Make sure you tell your child how great they did and what a big boy or girl they are.
Try an assortment, this includes even the ones you do not like. Pretend, if you have to, that you like them all. Keep in mind you are doing this for a good cause. This will help your children in the future.
Above all, do not force them to eat something they absolutely hate. This will only make them hate it more and could keep them away from eating other vegetables. Just keep trying out new things. There are foods we all do not like to eat. Be patient with your children, most kids do not like to eat their veggies. It could just be a phase and he needs a little bit of coaxing.