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Old 02-18-2013, 12:06 AM   #31
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No problem...and I really don't blame my parents, they grew up in a different time and in different circumstances than we did. Dad went to bed hungry because there wasn't enough food...is it any wonder that he thought his children should eat everything they were given? My parents did an amazing job with their kids...different raising styles, sure. Strict? very...but they are the reason I am the person I am today and I turned out mostly all right.
Most parents do the best they know how. My parents put me off all the foods I don't eat today but I know they meant well
We also grew up without much so there wasn't always other food to offer.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:20 PM   #32
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Wow thank you all for the feedback! She will appreciate this all. The little girl does eat a little bit at dinner time but her parents just want her to eat healthier too. Thanks again!! :-)
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:56 PM   #33
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A friend of mine asks kids, "Are you old enough to like this yet?"
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:46 PM   #34
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Well, at least they are willing to try and they usually try really hard, but sometimes they still don't like it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:08 PM   #36
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A friend of mine asks kids, "Are you old enough to like this yet?"
that's unfortunate for the kids. most kids want to please their parents, and also want to be more grown up. asking them such a question is a passive way of forcing them to do either or both.

not good. let children be children, and teach them by example. if you act like you enjoy something, they will as well. to a limit. their own for their personality, and their experience.

if you let them be free but guide them with positive experiences without judgement, they'll find a larger perspective that will please you both.
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that's unfortunate for the kids. most kids want to please their parents, and also want to be more grown up. asking them such a question is a passive way of forcing them to do either or both.

not good. let children be children, and teach them by example. if you act like you enjoy something, they will as well. to a limit. their own for their personality, and their experience.

if you let them be free but guide them with positive experiences without judgement, they'll find a larger perspective that will please you both.
I think it's a reasonable way to get a child to taste the food. I didn't bother writing that she also used to say, "I just want you to try it. You don't have to eat it if you don't like it."

I think that is much better than telling kids that something is good for them, every time they say they don't like something.
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Spike was here tonight and we got to talking about when he was a kid. For some reason all my kids were anemic. And so am I. Have been since childhood. Spike takes an iron pill every day, and has a great appetite. He gets plenty of meat and iron rich foods almost every day. Yet his test results still come back that he is anemic. So sometimes when you tell kids the food is good for them and they need to eat it, doesn't always solve the problem. Even if they eat it just to please you.
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You also might be surprised how much better a child's appetite might be if a lot of "snacks" were cut out.
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You also might be surprised how much better a child's appetite might be if a lot of "snacks" were cut out.
When my kids were growing up, they always played outside regardless of the weather. And they played hard. So by keeping healthy snacks such as fresh fruits, carrot and celery sticks always available, I wasn't worried about their appetite.
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