Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Working it Out (with Kids)

For how to apply the post below to conversations with your children, see here.


brooklyn_bound_F_train said...

My grandmother (whom I grew up with) used to tell me "no man is ever going to want you!" That's when I was about 10 years old. When boys were still icky. Granted she's a generation removed, but I always thought she could be the poster child for how not to talk to kids about obesity. Looking back now, it was so rediculous it was almost funny.

But no, the suggestions in that article seem much more helpful than my Oma's old world "wisdom."

tulip said...

This is a very important topic. I have two boys, 5 + 8 who will talk about whether food is healthy or not (which they learned in school and at home) but basically have no issues with foods. No foods are verboten. When we tell them not to eat something, we emphasize what that food will do for them vs another food - specific to an activity like sports practice, or if it is too close to dinner time. However, I feel like I am constantly watching many women I know who have daughters sending all sorts of mixed and negative messages about food, desserts, etc even going so far as to inflict low-carb, low-fat and low calorie diets on their families. Are we just going to have a whole generation that inherits these issues and/or backlashes hard????