Ponder the "division of responsibility" between a parent and a child when it comes to meal time. I love it. I live it. I recommend it. Taking the power struggle away from the food sounds like a fabulous idea, doesn't it?
Going into pregnancy, labor, and delivery I read everything I could get my hands on about “life with a newborn”. However there really is no way to describe the emotional roller coaster you go through until you experience it yourself. With that being said, self-care is so important during this time and nutrition is one of the most important self-care aspects (in my dietitian opinion of course).
We are all inundated with nutrition messages. Messages range from our pediatricians to our mom friends, and of course from the media. Just last month, AND released their position paper on nutrition guidance for healthy children ages two through eleven. The most amazing thing is that upon reading the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ position paper for “Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years,” I see that Satter’s recommendations are being officially incorporated. This is a great achievement for all.
Here are some suggestions written directly to your kids; this may open up some questions and conversations after they read it, but know that even if it doesn’t, you’ve helped create just a little more info for them to become their own responsible self and a more connected eater.
How should a parent handle instances when one child has a HUGE sweet tooth, and is underweight but the other kids in the same family are a normal weight or overweight? How does a parent deal with this situation in a way that doesn't create food issues?