Thursday, July 28, 2011
How To Be a Health-Conscious Parent
• Limit television to 17 hours a day.
• Introduce new foods by helping kids make a connection to foods they already like; for instance, “This is celery, the banana’s learning-disabled cousin.”
• Encourage active play like biking, swimming and ditch-digging.
• No more fishsticks for breakfast (except on special occasions or weekends).
• Small children love to spend active time running around at the park. Just remember to pick ‘em up after the movie’s over.
• Buy a box of one of those crazy, colorful cereals that kids love, pour it all in the trash and replace it with one of those healthy options in the Natural Foods section, such as Flaxseed Flakes or Quinoa Puffs. They’ll never know you pulled a switcheroo!
• Make parsnip puppets.
• An easy way to make kids eat all their vegetables is to tell that you’ll take ‘em to Disneyland next week if they’ll eat them. Note: this will only work two or three times before they wise up.
• If your child won't take a vitamin, hide it inside a raisin. If he/she doesn't like raisins, hide the raisin inside a deviled egg. Doesn't like deviled eggs? Hide the deviled egg inside some s'mores. C'mon, all kids like s'mores!