Most parents are convinced that
to get their children to eat right is through consequences, pleas and bribes.
You know these old chestnuts: "Eat your vegetables or no dessert" and "You don't know what
it tastes like—just try it."
After daily commands,
scolding and limitations, as a parent, you may wonder why your kid still scoffs
at the sight of green beans on the table. Jane E. Brody seems to have come to
a realization that may help these frustrated moms and dads, which she wrote
about in the New
York Times. Brody credits the book "It's Not
About the Broccoli" by Dina Rose as her food epiphany, which helped Brody
understand that as a kid, she only wanted to control what she ate, instead of
her parents single-handedly constructing her diet for her; this only made her
rebel more and not eat what they wanted her to consume.
In other words, parents
should stop controlling and completely depriving their children of certain
foods. In addition, when parents focus too much attention on nutrition, it can
yogurt, which can contain as much sugar
per ounce as soda, and mac 'n' cheese, full of fat
and salt, are featured because they contain calcium; chicken nuggets get a pass
for their protein content, and french fries — well they are vegetables
after all," wrote Brody. "The other side of the coin can be just as damaging.
Given modern concerns about sugar and fat, some health-conscious parents forbid
their children to indulge in treats, even at birthday parties. I know a
neighborhood boy from such a restrictive household who used to keep a stash of
candy and cookies his parents forbade in his friend's bedroom."
successful approach to training your kids to embrace a healthy diet according
to Rose is to stay away from controlling, overbearing tactics and instead
instill these three habits in your kids: proportion, variety and moderation. Balancing
portion size, introducing unfamiliar foods by preparing them in a more
appetizing way, and a gradual admittance to a more eclectic palette is the way