Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting summerbabyX2:</b>" I tell my kids it's my job to put the food ... [snip!] ... we do. She has to sit with us but does not have to eat. That's how children develop bad eatin habits and that causes obesity."
that's my thinking too and I never tell them to "clean their plate" or make them sit there until they eat. It creates a negative association with food, I want them to think of eating as nourishment to help them grow strong and healthy. I tell them to listen to their tummies and to stop eating when they are full. I know I have days where I just don't feel like eating or I don't want what I've made for dinner, why would they be any different?