When Blake was little, I was adamant that he was at least going to try everything he was served. I felt this was important. Well as Blake got a bit older we realized that he is picky, but he is also stubborn! I have tried to convince him to just try it. If you told him that he could get down after he tried something, he would just sit there, and none too willingly.
Here are some things we have found works for him:
eat this, get that--- try this new item (or whatever item he is refusing to eat) and you can have this other item (this works great if we are having fries or chips or something like that)
you pick the bite-- give him the choice of 3 or 4 and let him pick the piece he is going to try as his one bite
just put it in your mouth-- sometimes just getting it in his mouth is a big enough battle, even if he doesn't try to eat it... just put it in there
one for the road-- Blake often likes to take something away from the table with him... we often have him take the item he doesn't want to eat as the one for the road, or if we got him to try one bite give him the second bite as the one for the road
So what are some of the tricks you use to get your child(ren) to eat the food on their plate, and/or try new things?? Cause let me tell you.... Colby shows signs of being a pickier eater than Blake