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parent knows that sugar is bad for you. This is precisely why we try to
minimize it for our kids. But we adults crave it, we sneak it, we rationalize
it. And eventually, we spot our kid—at a birthday party or a fancy dinner
party—eating it. Not just eating it, but eating way
too much of it. Coveting it, hoarding it and drinking it, too. We watch this travesty and think, "Why? How can I have the kid who crams sugar down
his throat when I have worked so hard to not have that kid!?" The answer, of
course, is that our kids do as we do, not as we say.
What a parent knows: Sugar is bad for you.
What a kid does: Usually eats too much sugar, and drinks it, too.
Covets it, really. Learns to sneak it if you're not careful or if you are
sneaking it, too.
What a parent knows: We all need more sleep.
What a kid does: Works as hard as humanly possible to stay up. Or, as
a kid becomes a teen, stays up in order to work hard.
What a parent knows: We should wash our hands with soap and water for 20
seconds before meals.
What a kid does: Whatever you do, which winds up being pretty gross if you're not paying attention to your own habits.
What a parent knows: Talking about body changes and crushes and smells and
zits and all of those issues that swirl around puberty is embarrassing for
What a kid does: Talks to someone else if you don't make it clear that
you are a good go-to person.
What a parent knows: Not everything.
What a kid does: Googles the answer if you are not approachable, and
often Google Image searches the answer in graphic and inappropriate ways.
What a parent knows: In order to raise healthy kids, we need to teach
them how to get there. They need good resources, good information and good
models. They need to be kept away from bad foods and bad influences.
What a kid does: Wants to be healthy and strong and happy. And wants
to have your help getting there. But eventually, a kid wants to be able to do