Parents have the best intentions to teach their kids how to be fully functioning human beings. Sneeze into your sleeve, use the potty, eat healthy food, etc. And with those best intentions, we encourage or discourage our kids to eat certain things that we feel are acceptable. What often happens, however, is that our best intentions turn sour, potentially contributing to “picky eating” or sending unhealthy messages about food. In this post, I review some of the most common strategies that parents use to cajole their kids into eating healthy food, and how these well-intentioned verbal cues may be inappropriately interpreted by your child.