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Healthy eating tips: Hungry kids will eat

CRAIG CARTWRIGHT
Last updated 05:00 25/02/2013

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Getting kids to eat healthily is so simple I don't know why people struggle with it.

First of all, no snacks between meals or close to dinner times. They need to be hungry. Being hungry is not a bad thing, in fact many studies are now showing that it is beneficial for lots of reasons.

Don't give children orange juice or milk with their dinner.

Insist they finish their dinner or they won't get anything else. Never let them have pudding if they haven't finished, even if your other kids do have pudding. Bad luck for them.

Don't let them smother their with tomato sauce or anything like that.

Never back down. Children need to know that when their parents say something, they mean it. This makes them feel happier and more secure.

Fussy kids grow in to fussy adults. The habits they form as kids stay with them for the rest of their lives. As parents we make many choices for our kids, and decide what is right for them, whether they like it or not. That is called good parenting. Being indulgent and letting them have their way is bad parenting.

Having hungry kids at the dinner table is a big part of the equation.

This is so simple it's ridiculous, but it seems to do it. I think it is because of the rise of the indulgent parent, which is creating a great crowd of entitled spoilt brats.


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