Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Positive Parenting Solutions

I love receiving this newsletter... Today is: Ice Cream, Pizza, and Cookies – Oh My!

Let’s face it: sweet and savory will always win out over green and leafy when it comes to foods our kids will willingly eat. We want the best nutrition for our kids, but our daily pleas to “Eat your vegetables” seem to fall on deaf ears, or - worse yet - result in a tantrum or other power struggle.  Can we really convince our children to make smart food choices without seeming like a wicked witch?

Yes!  Encourage healthy options (without unleashing any flying monkeys) by using these three tips:

1.    Control the cupboard by stocking it with healthy choices.  It’s much easier for your munchkins to make smart snacking decisions when the Lollipop Guild’s not in the house.  Keep your pantry full of your children’s favorite fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome foods right at eye level, and leave the sweet stuff on the store shelves.

2.    Offer options as you plan your meals, letting your kids have some say in what they’ll be eating.  Chicken or fish?  Peas or carrots?   Dorothy is less likely to sneak her veggies to Toto if she chose them herself. 

3.    Avoid the arguments that lead to power struggles over food.  However much we beg, bribe, or outright demand, not even an “all powerful wizard” can force our kids to eat.  On the contrary, these efforts actually encourage our kids to wage dinnertime battles by rewarding them with attention.  Remove that payoff by letting your child know in advance that you won’t respond to his refusal to eat, and that you also won’t be giving him more food until the next scheduled snack or meal – even if it’s breakfast.  He won’t starve overnight, but next dinnertime, he will remember the consequence of not eating.

With a little planning and cooperation, your family will be on the Yellow-Brick Road to healthier eating habits and fewer mealtime fights – no trip to Oz required!


  1. GREAT tips -- I could sure benefit from adhering to them! ;)

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  2. Great tips. I am a firm believer in letting your child have some choices in their meals.

  3. They are very good tips. Healthy eating is tough when all you want to eat is chocolate and treats but I really like the last two tips about not arguing come meal time and letting kids choose their own veggies! :)

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  4. Great tips! I'm lucky enough that my kids love their fruits & veggies! My fiance and I are a whole 'nother story!

  5. Thank you for these great tips! I have 1 that loves veggies and 1 that hates them!


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