managing sweets

An Unconventional Way to Educate Kids About Nutrition (and Why it Works)

July 2, 2015
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It was Sunday morning and Big A pointed out that she was going to have dessert three times that day. First was cake at church to celebrate her first communion, second was a birthday party and third was dinner at Granny’s. In a very serious tone she said, “Granny always has dessert.” I could have […]




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Why I Made the Switch to Serving Dessert WITH Dinner

January 15, 2015
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This is The Feeding Diaries, an ongoing series about the feeding escapades in my house. We were at a family gathering where the kids had access to sweets (donuts) and lunch food (sandwiches, pasta salad etc). I helped them get food and sat them down. I went to get my food and when I returned, Big A […]




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End Your Child’s Candy Obsession with This Simple Technique

November 10, 2014
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On Halloween, my kids went trick or treating, came back to the house and ate until they were satisfied.  Big A ate more than her brother, although he’s picky when it comes to candy.  Two days later, my kids’ bags of Halloween candy sat on our couch untouched until I offered some of it for […]




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Why it’s Okay to Say “No” to Your Child About Food

July 14, 2014
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Janet with was with her 5 year old daughter at a play date.  As it was coming to a close, the kids pulled out cookies and begged to have them.  Janet wasn’t sure because it was less than an hour from dinner.  Plus, she had a fun dessert planned. But there was her precious girl […]




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5 Reasons Your Child Eats Differently Than You

May 30, 2014
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Kids are learning about food in the same way that they learn to read and write.  But as a society, we don’t always look at kids eating this way.  And as parents, we often forget that kids are not little adults when it comes to food. In fact, there are distinct ways kids’ eating is […]




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15 of the All-Time Best Strategies for Raising Healthy Eaters

February 7, 2014
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I’ve been blogging at Raise Healthy Eaters for over five years.  I decided it was time to condense my feeding advice into top tips, which are featured more extensively in my book, Fearless Feeding.  This is to help guide newcomers and serve as a reminder for my long-time readers. So here goes… 1. Structure meals […]




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Why I’m Okay with What Happens at Grandma’s

April 26, 2013
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This is The Feeding Diaries, an ongoing series detailing the feeding escapades in my house Once a week, Big A and Little D go someplace where the cookies and snacks are endless, juice requests don’t get turned down, IPADS are available with every game imaginable and the TV stays on. My husband and I call […]




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5 Unexpected Food Lessons Halloween Can Teach Your Child

October 26, 2012
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It’s that time of year when parents have the candy conversation. Yes, it’s the talk about whether to limit sweets during Halloween, use a switch witch, go with healthier items or just allow free-for-all consumption. Instead of dreading this holiday, I use it as a teaching tool. When sweets are everywhere, it’s the perfect time […]




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Am I the Only Mom Who Hates Party Favors?

September 26, 2012
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We arrive at the kiddie birthday party ready to enjoy festivities. Once the cake is eaten, my kids inquire about their gift. Just when I tell them there might not be one, the little baggie filled with goodies shows up. These bags are typically filled with candy or small toys (or both). My kids, three […]




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The Feeding Obstacle that Trips Up Parents (but Shouldn’t)

April 13, 2012
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“Just tell him we aren’t selling ice cream today,” the nice lady at my son’s preschool said to me, watching him meltdown when I said we weren’t buying the ice cream they sell. He didn’t understand that we buy it on Fridays, but not on Monday. That’s not the first time someone has told me […]




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