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1. Do not restrict food. Restricting food increases the risk your child may develop eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia later in life. It can also have a negative effect on growth and development.
2. Keep healthy food choices in your home. Children will eat whatever is readily available.
Keep fruit in a bowl on the counter, not buried in the crisper section of your fridge.
Have an apple for your own snack. "Your actions scream louder than anything you will ever tell them," says Sothern. Remember, your child can only choose foods that you stock in the house and will not starve themselvs.
3. Don't label foods as "good" or "bad." Instead, tie foods to the things your child cares about, such as sports or appearance.. Let your child know that lean protein such as turkey and calcium in dairy products give strength to their sports performance, boys. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables add luster to skin and hair, for girls.
4. Praise healthy choices. Give your children a proud smile and tell them how smart they are when they choose healthy foods.
5. Don't nag about unhealthy choices. When children choose unhealthy food, ignore it. Or if your child always wants fatty, fried food, redirect the choice. You might try roasting potato sticks in the oven (tossed in just a bit of oil) instead of buying french fries. Or, if your child wants candy, you might make fresh strawberries dipped in a little chocolate sauce. Too busy? Then keep naturally sweet dried fruit at home for quick snacks.
6. Never use food as a reward. This could create weight problems in later life. Instead, reward your children with something physical and fun -- perhaps a trip to the park or a quick game of catch.
7. Sit down to family dinners at night. If this isn't a tradition in your home, it should be. Research shows that children who eat dinners at the table with their parents have better nutrition and are less likely to get in serious trouble as teenagers. Start with one night a week, and then work up to three or four, to gradually build the habit.
8. Prepare plates in the kitchen. There you can put healthy portions of each item on everyone's dinner plate. Your children will learn to recognize correct portion sizes. And you may find your slacks fit better as well!
9. Give the kids some control. Ask your children to take three bites of all the foods on their plate and give it a grade, such as A, B, C, D, or F. When healthy foods - especially certain vegetables -- get high marks, serve them more often. Offer the items your children don't like less frequently. This lets your children participate in decision making. After all, dining is a family affair.
10. Consult your health care provider. Always talk with your child's doctor or nutritionist before putting your child on a diet, trying to help your child gain weight, or making any significant changes in the type of foods your child eats. Never diagnose your child as too heavy, or too thin, by yourself.
"It's all about gradual changes, it's not overnight, and it's an uphill battle for parents," says Sothern "Everything outside of the home is trying to make kids overweight. The minute they walk out of the home, there are people trying to make them eat too much and serving them too much."
But the food smarts your children will learn from you can protect them for a lifetime.
In the past year my Grand Mother passed away, God Rest. It took a pretty big toll our family. My Grand Father took it very hard as they were married for years. He recently came to stay with my Mother for a quick One-Week over due visit. My mother lives is one of those 55+ communities. They are really active here with Tennis, Boccie Ball, Swimming, Cricket, work out room, Craft room, they have multiple events in the club house. I mean this list can go on and on for days, but I don't have time for that nor would anyone bare with me through that list. The point here is they all pretty much know one another.
Now back to grandpa, he came out for his visit and while he was here one of my Mother's "friend" - I use this term very loosely, you'll see why- sort of attached herself to my Grand Father. She is a huge flirt and money chaser. Think 23 year old in a 65 year old body. She not that bad looking for her age, but you can imagine our dismay when Grandpa fell for her shenanigans. If she would have played the cards right and actually wanted a REAL relationship, the correct way of going about this would be? Yup you guessed it, sitting my Mother down like an adult and talking about it with her first. Instead she just chases after Grandpa, AND to top it off she didn't even respect him when he took her out on a real date!!! She flirted with some other guy right in front of Grandpa at dinner, then left him at the dance and made him walk home, all because Grandpa danced with one other woman. I'm kinda feeling like this is High-School for seniors. LOL This lady has hit on pretty much anyone with the proper equipment. She just had her live-in boy friend move out about a week ago, every man from MY HUSBAND -Yeah I just found out about that- to who ever she get.
She even got Grandpa to say he will take her on a trip that was meant for my Mother and Aunt. It's bad enough that my Mother had to deal with the knowledge of this going on but she also had to hear it. This woman lives 4 houses down from my Mother, so all their Hot-Tub nights my Mother heard the laughing and giggling -Yuck I know, sorry if anyone got a mental image from that.- She acts like she has done nothing wrong now that Grandpa has left and gone home. This woman keeps texting my Mother: "Hey girl, you mad at me... Wanna Talk?" You kidding Woman??? You ever deal with that ONE person where you just need to beat the concept into their head, with a bat? Gotta hand it to my Mother, This whole time she has kept her mouth shut and just answered her repeating text messages "No." I know if that were one of my friends and my parent I would not be able to handle the situation with the grace my Mother has.