We want what's best for our kids, therefore we want them to eat well, but what's the best way to influence our kids' eating habits?
I believe in the importance of good parental role-modeling regarding food choices; We have to watch what and how we eat not only for our own well-being, but because our kids are watching!
I also believe that we as parents have the right and the duty to decide what goes into our pantry and on our table.
But when it comes to the issue of control over kids' food intake it gets a little more complicated. Well-meaning parents, consciously or not, often participate in some form of pressure or restriction to further reinforce what they see as good eating habits.
I devoted a previous post to the issue of pressuring kids to eat healthy - pressure includes common practices, such as prizes and coercion tactics - not cruel torture. I concluded that pressure is counterproductive, and is more likely to lead to decreased consumption of the target foodRead More »from Parents: Beware of forbidden food