From today's Love and Logic e-newsletter:
* Model good eating habits (of course, this is the hardest part).
* Provide healthy meals.
* When your kids complain about the meal or refuse to eat, say, "Dinner will be on the table until 6:30. You may either eat it or see if you like what's served for breakfast a little better."
* Resist the urge to nag, remind or warn.
* With great empathy, allow them to be hungry until the next meal.
With most children, this approach works great. Sometimes they eat a lot, sometimes they eat a bit, and sometimes they eat nothing. Overall, they learn to eat what their bodies need to stay healthy.