May 26, 2010

Meal Times Should Never Be Battle Times

From today's Love and Logic e-newsletter:

* Model good eating habits (of course, this is the hardest part).

* Provide healthy meals.

* When your kids complain about the meal or refuse to eat, say, "Dinner will be on the table until 6:30. You may either eat it or see if you like what's served for breakfast a little better."

* Resist the urge to nag, remind or warn.

* With great empathy, allow them to be hungry until the next meal.

With most children, this approach works great. Sometimes they eat a lot, sometimes they eat a bit, and sometimes they eat nothing. Overall, they learn to eat what their bodies need to stay healthy.

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