Understanding food fights. Ages 2 to 3 are prime time for finicky eating. What many parents don’t realize is that it’s not always about the food itself. Pickiness is often a temporary stage fueled by healthy developmental changes—a desire to exert control and an increasing need for autonomy. Your best strategy is patience and nonchalance. Support your child’s growing sense of independence by continuing to introduce new foods alongside tried-and-true, healthful options.
Dr. Morchower: QA20