The rules of the dinner table are changing, including the standard "clean plate rule." A positive, happy family dinner table should encourage kids to acknowledge their body's cues, including hunger and fullness.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests:


Offer a variety of nutritious foods and let the child decide what to try and how much to eat.

Encourage children of all ages to help with dinner preparation.
Parents should eat a variety of nutritious foods to set a good example.
Encourage kids to try new foods. Discuss foods that each family member likes and dislikes.
Let your child determine when he or has had enough to eat.

-- Diana Kohnle