Mealtime can be stressful for both children and their parents. There's a fine line between pressuring your children to eat (resulting in stubborn, unadventurous eaters) and encouraging them to try something or eat a few more bites.
To ease the pressure for my family, I've made a game out of what was once a battle. The children roll a die. It's as simple as that. If they roll a 1, they are required to take a single bite. If they roll a 6, they groan and take six bites.
The complaining and fighting as stopped and the amount of food being thrown away has decreased. I'm chalking it up as a victory! Give it a try and let me know the results!