Ungrateful Child? 7 Holiday Gaffes and How to Deal

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The Food Critic

You know your kid is as picky as it gets, but whining about Aunt May's creamed spinach is not acceptable—at least not at the dinner table. Before you make your holiday rounds, institute the rule of the "courtesy bite" with your little food snob. When she's offered food, she needs to take one courtesy bite and she can pass politely afterward. And, if she makes faces at the table, she can have a time-out until she's ready to try again.