Is your picky child just being a jerk?

Gerry Kasten, a UBC land and food systems instructor, was interviewed in a Vancouver Sun article on picky eaters. According to Kasten, young children prefer to eat familiar foods and are suspicious of anything new. Around the age of two, toddlers discover the power of No.

“They have learned that they are in control, and are a separate person from mom and dad,” Kasten said. “Suddenly, they can decide for themselves whether to eat.”