By Salma Abdelnour Gilman

It may seem like an impossible dream right now, but your kid has the potential to love all kinds of food. Here’s how to prime their taste buds for life with help from chefs, nutrition experts, and fellow moms and dads in the chicken-nugget trenches.

My kids spent their first couple of years eating anything we put in front of them. “What’s the big deal about getting kids to try new things?” I’d say as I roasted arctic char or stirred a chickpea stew. But then the jig was up. My 5-year-old daughter refused anything except mac ’n’ cheese. Her big brother pushed away his old favorites, from his grandma’s stuffed Lebanese meatballs to his dad’s lemony scallops.

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