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The 10 Commandments of Healthy Eating for Parents

It's As Simple as Counting to Ten

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3/20/2014 10:53:57 AM

KIRASDREAM's SparkPage
My younger brother and I were picky eaters. My mom circumvented this by giving my brother and I a small portion of a food we've never eaten, and told us that we have to try it once. If we didn't like it, she would eat the rest of it, but we had to at least take a bite of it. 9 times out 10 we ended up loving the food and wanted more of it (she regretted that decision after feeding us lobster). Now my brother and I will try anything! Hope that tactic works if/when I have kids :D
7/28/2012 9:01:55 AM

IVFNURSE1's SparkPage
For the most party, a good article and I agree with most of it.

The one thing I don't agree with is Thy child is responsible for deciding how much (if any) will be eaten. If I didn't tell my children they had to eat one bite of the new food on their plate then they would never try it and those "10 attempts" would never really happen. For instance, when introducing a new fruit, I put one piece on the plate with their other fruit. They must eat that one piece. The next time I will put three. They must eat one still. When they eat all three, that's how I know that they like it and can start giving regular portions to that child.
4/13/2012 3:10:13 PM

EGALITAIRE's SparkPage
Agree with most - would change the second commandment to read "healthy diet" as there are so many people with food allergies, being prescriptive about the specifics can exclude some.

I would also add that not giving up on a food item works - some days I don't feel like some food, I want to allow that for my children as well. Also as they grow older, hopefully their palettes will broaden. Just keep serving the weird and wonderful and they will eat some, and not some.

And, try different ways to serve food items. One of my personal goals is to find ways for prepare veggies that my kids like. Whether that is with home-made healthy dips, combined, or in stir-frys, baked, add fruit to sweeten, lots of different strategies, just keep trying.

Personally, I wouldn't force my kids to eat anything - my belief is that doing so could set up some negative attitudes and behaviours towards food and eating that they might end up working out on the 2030's version of The Jerry Springer Show.
1/21/2012 9:04:57 AM

EIGHTISNTENOUGH's SparkPage
I believe dairy should be changed as well ... many of us are allergic to or intolerant of dairy or have children who are.
11/24/2010 7:52:03 PM

JILL25's SparkPage
As parents, we should make sure our children eat balanced meals, with or without multivitamins. Who's the parent? It is not about forcing or controlling. It is about guiding. Being a good example is also great, as stated in this article.
3/25/2010 11:00:57 AM

DRDAHL's SparkPage
With regards to Dairy, you should state the actual goal (I think calcium) as many of us can not eat/drink dairy foods.
ROTARA
7/19/2008 3:09:38 PM

Lots of common sense. Another great book about this subject is "How To Get Your Kid To Eat....But Not Too Much" by Ellyn Satter.
LA_BAVARDE
4/8/2008 9:56:08 PM

I thought this was very cute. Of course, no one should use this as the be all and end all of all feeding advice... that would be silly. However, it is a fun way to remind us of the best ways to teach our child to eat well.
BEEPARENT
2/5/2008 4:32:55 PM

This seems to be generally good advice. However, if you're dealing with a child with Asperger's Syndrome, or a similar disorder, it takes a lot more than 10 times to get a child to accept a new food. Try 200-300 times, maybe. And food jags for these kids are not just phases that pass; they can last a lifetime.

So, just be careful not to sound like if you do everything in the article, it will always turn out all right.

Linda
BEEPARENT
2/5/2008 4:32:29 PM

This seems to be generally good advice. However, if you're dealing with a child with Asperger's Syndrome, or a similar disorder, it takes a lot more than 10 times to get a child to accept a new food. Try 200-300 times, maybe. And food jags for these kids are not just phases that pass; they can last a lifetime.

So, just be careful not to sound like if you do everything in the article, it will always turn out all right.

Linda
1/18/2008 11:25:48 AM

RACHEL630's SparkPage
Most of these are very good - although I'm not sure I agree with all. You need to decide for yourself when it's time for you to put down your foot as a parent.
12/2/2007 3:49:24 PM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
Great article. Children can only eat what food is brought into the house.

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