Monday, September 15, 2008

New York Times: 6 Food Mistakes Parents Make

The New York Times online edition has a great article titled "6 Food Mistakes Parents Make" and here are some quotes that I found particularly interesting:

“Chocolate milk, chocolate chip muffins, chocolate chip pancakes — it was unbelievable,” said Ms. Worobey, director of the Rutgers University Nutritional Sciences Preschool in New Brunswick, N.J. “His mother just thought, ‘That’s what he wants, so that’s what I’m going to do.’ ”
And, for those of you who worry about your child eating something, anything at all, here is another thought:

“I think parents feel like it’s their job to just make their children eat something,” Ms. Worobey said. “But it’s really their job to serve a variety of healthy foods and get their children exposed to foods.”

Summarizing the rest of the article, basically, the recommendations were very much along the lines of Montessori thought: Involve your child in preparing healthy foods and snacks, make healthy food available on low shelves for your child to snack upon at any time, do not insist that children "try a bite" of food, do not bribe children to try food, and, if you have sweets at home, do not stick them out of reach to tantalize your child (it will only make things worse).

Read Tara Parker-Pope's original article here

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