Family Anyone who takes care of toddlers will tell you that mealtime can be quite a challenge. Read on for tips to maintain peace at mealtime.

"If you clean your plate, you can watch TV."

"No dessert until you eat your vegetables."

"You'll just sit here all night until you finish that broccoli."

Sound familiar?

No doubt you heard threats like this as a child. But food should be used as nourishment, not punishment. And mealtime should be a time for peaceful conversation, not an ongoing battle about food. Along with a variety of healthy foods, a pleasant atmosphere at mealtime contributes both to good nutrition and to healthy eating habits.