That's yucky! is a common thing i hear from kids and v. often parents say their child is fussy. We are not born to love every food and certain foods are alot more palatable. The younger they are introduced to a variety of foods & consistently offering new foods as they get older the more likely they will form good healthy eating habits. Here are some great tips i have learnt as a parent and Nutritionist.
1. Be consistent in offering a variety of healthy foods (don't just limit to the ones you know they will eat). You can include one food on the table for each meal you know they like such as pasta or bread.
2. The parent should decide - when to eat, what to serve and where to serve. The child gets to decide whether and how much to eat. This gives some choice to the child without hopefully creating difficult mealtimes.
3. Use the words - you don't have to eat it. This avoids putting pressure on them to taste or eat a certain amount. If they are willing to try they will and don't assume they wont try.
4. Cook together - Its not an easy thing to do when we all lead busy lives but at times like at weekends you can encourage some simple tasks like chopping fruit and veg to encourage them to try new foods.
5. Eat together as a family (where possible). Try to avoid making separate meals for the kids & grown ups. Its a great way to offer another opportunity for kids to eat a variety of foods.
6. STAY CALM! it is not easy when you have spent an hour making a lovely meal and they refuse to eat it. Simply serve the food up with something they do like (that is healthy) and let them decide if they want to eat it or not. Generally they wont go hungry & its fine to miss a meal if they really refuse. I am sure they will make up for it with the next meal.