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The 10 Commandments of Healthy Eating for Parents

It's As Simple as Counting to Ten


5/7/2018 10:54:05 AM

FISHGUT3's SparkPage
4/9/2018 9:52:14 AM

YMWONG22's SparkPage
Good article.
2/3/2018 8:27:22 AM

TOCONNER's SparkPage
Love the list!
10/9/2017 5:36:07 AM

DGIGGLES3's SparkPage
I must say it was harder for me to follow any of these when my child was 2-5. I am better at it now. lol
9/28/2017 1:55:26 AM

great article
5/28/2017 1:12:25 PM

5/28/2017 8:00:41 AM

good info
1/19/2017 4:10:00 PM

Though shall NOT be dictated to by a child!
3/20/2014 10:53:57 AM

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

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

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.
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.

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