With the increase in eating disorders and childhood obesity, healthy eating is a concern for many parents. However, if we truly want our children to make healthy choices in regards to eating, we must first take a step back and allow them to make choices.
Certainly we can, and should, share with our children the reasons behind our food purchases and decisions. Learning about nutrition and experiencing a wide range of foods helps our children make informed decisions regarding what they eat. Controlling everything about our children’s eating not only does not allow them to make choices, it also can set up some of the same eating disorders most of us would like our children to avoid.