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I want my kid to eat well but I also don't want to be fascist about it. I had fun growing up and I don't want to demonize candy, cake and ice cream. On the flip side, the marketing is so much more crazy than when I was a kid. What kind of guidelines do you use to encourage better eating and limit sweets?




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I want my kid to eat well but I also don't want to be fascist about it. I had fun growing up and I don't want to demonize candy, cake and ice cream. On the flip side, the marketing is so much more crazy than when I was a kid. What kind of guidelines do you use to encourage better eating and limit sweets?


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PennyL writes:
I recently spoke to a mom who believed that not putting too many limits on sweets meant it wasn't a big deal to her kids. I think she has a point in that the more limits the more temptation to break the rules.
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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Penny makes a good point. If you forbid something, it makes it more enticing... and you'll find them going overboard at friends and neighbors ; ) I think that this is something, as parents, we all struggle with. I have read that it's best to teach kids moderation and that you shouldn't label foods as good and bad. Better to introduce them (multiple times) to healthy foods and let them try different foods. It also doesn't hurt to educate them on marketing. Not to mention that it's a great learning experience for them to learn to read labels, while they are grocery shopping with you.
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