The 10 Commandments of Healthy Eating for Parents

By Nicole Nichols, for SparkPeople

How do you get your kids to eat healthy? It's as simple as counting to 10!

1. Thou shalt not force, bribe or coerce thy child to eat.

2. Thou shalt set a good example by eating at least five fruits and vegetables, three whole grain products, and three dairy servings per day thyself.

3. Thou shalt make mealtimes pleasant.

4. Thou shalt encourage thy child to help in meal planning, preparation, and cleanup.

5. Thou shalt back off when mealtime becomes a power struggle.

6. Thou shalt accept food "binges" as phases that will eventually pass.

7. Thou shalt accept the fact that thy child is an individual and thus will dislike certain foods (and there may be many).

8. Thou shalt not give up on introducing thy child to new foods. Thou shalt realize it sometimes takes 10 tries to get a child to accept a food.

9. Thou shalt use this division of responsibility for eating: As the parent, thou art responsible for deciding when and what to serve. Thy child is responsible for deciding how much (if any) will be eaten.

10. Thou shalt give thy child a multivitamin-mineral supplement if he is a picky eater.

Related links:

Making Family Mealtime More Pleasant

The Benefits of Eating Together

11 Things Children Can Teach You about Weight Loss

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