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This is the One Thing to Keep in Mind When Feeding a Toddler

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In Kids' Lunch, take a look into what people in the food world and the world at large pack their children (and occasionally their significant others and maybe even their pets) for lunch. 

Today, Elise Joy, who shares crafts, DIY projects, and business advice on her blog Enjoy It, learns that patience is the most important part of successfully feeding her two-year-old daughter.

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My daughter Ellerie just turned two, and I've learned that feeding a toddler is a lesson in patience more than anything else. I often find myself thinking, "Just eat something. Anything. Please."

We have hit on a few foods that work well(ish), though, and a quesadilla—called a "dee-ya" in our house—is pretty popular. I can almost always guarantee fruit will be a hit (for this lunch, I had already cut up some strawberries when Ellerie brought over a clementine, so they both made the plate). 

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The snap peas are hit or miss (she would probably prefer I just gave her the Trader Joe's crunchy baked peas), but sometimes she eats them so I continue to offer. I heard somewhere that as a parent, all you can do is provide the healthy options—you can't force your kid to eat them (or anything else). I try to keep that on my mind and the whole process—meal prep and meals—goes more smoothly.

What foods do your little ones enjoy most? Share with us in the comments below!

Photos by Elise Joy

Tags: kids' lunch, brown-bag lunch, brown bag lunch, packed lunch, lunch, toddler, infant