Saturday, April 26, 2008

Day 26-Nutritional Bite

Avoid food battles! Food battles can lead to negative experiences at the table. Children may rebel and even avoid eating all together. It's easy for food to become a source of conflict. Well-intentioned parents might find themselves bargaining or bribing kids to eat healthier foods. A better strategy is to empower kids by giving them some control, but limit unhealthy food choices.

Sugar Preacher's Experience
A few years ago, I was taking care of my niece. At mealtime, I asked her to eat some vegetables. The encouragement lead to a food battle. I gave her a bribe--if she ate her vegetable, she would be rewarded with soda. The reward didn't work, and she didn't eat her veggies. I lost the battle. Next time, I am hoping it will be a win-win sitiuation by giving a child two healthy choices.

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