PARENTS
07/24/2014 12:24 pm ET Updated Jul 24, 2014

A Dietitian Who Won't Oversell Nutrition to Her Kids

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We sit down to eat and the bowls of food are passed around. I help my 5-year-old get his food, while my 7-year-old can fend for herself. If they refuse an item, like broccoli, I don’t get into how good it is for them or how it will make them big and strong. Instead, it goes on a separate plate in case they change their mind or want to learn more about the food, which is often new or unfamiliar.

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