Everyone says that dessert is bad. However, occasional sweets are fine. The only thing that is bad is making dessert into the main reason for eating dinner. If dessert is presented as a prize for eating dinner, or vegetables, kids will naturally place more value on the cupcake than on the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods. Act cool when it comes to sweets.

Instead of occasionally presenting a dessert or sweet into your dinner prize, try incorporating healthier sweets into your dinners most nights, or every night. For example, serve fresh
strawberries after dinner as a dessert. That way, the sweet tooth is satisfied, fruit is the dessert, and it is healthy! Then, once in a while, a more sinful dessert (maybe adding melted dark chocolate fondue to your strawberries) won’t seem like a prize for finishing dinner, but just something special for you and your family to eat.
Also remember, your child knows how much food they can/ should consume – it’s innate. However, due to overfeeding at younger years leads kids to think that the portion they are given is the “right” amount. Don’t make your kids finish their whole plate; just have them eat as much as they want.

 

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