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3 Biological Reasons Children Crave Carbs (And Why It's Not Such a Bad Thing)

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Maryann Jacobsen

Understanding carbohydrates play an important role in growth can be helpful, and even a relief, for some parents. Instead of assuming a child is addicted to carbs, we can understand their natural biological drive to eat them.

5 Surprising Truths About Feeding Children Every Parent Should Know

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

Knowing the realities of feeding kids helps everyone enjoy mealtime a bit more. Because when things get off track, you will resist blaming yourself and your kid. And you can get back to the tough and rewarding job of feeding little ones.

Why I Made the Switch to Serving Dessert With Dinner

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

This isn't about getting my kids to eat less, it's about taking the attention away from sweets in a world that does the opposite. Sweets are just another enjoyable food to eat but not the main event. I think dessert with dinner gets that message across loud and clear.

5 Ways Children Learn To Hate Vegetables

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

Ever wonder why vegetable intake is notoriously low despite the constant news reports and advice about how much we should be eating them? Why do so many people say they don't have time to eat vegetables?

Should I Eat It? A Dining Guide For Toddlers

Sarah Powers | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Sarah Powers

Are you fed up trying to predict whether that nutritious, carefully prepared meal will end up inside your toddler's stomach or tossed gleefully back in your face? Fear not, moms and dads. I've worked it all out for you in this handy flow chart.

8 of the Easiest Things I Did to Feed the Kids Better

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

Sometimes, feeding my kids reminds me of that old saying, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them eat anything other than dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets."

How to Give Your Kids the Skills to Eat Healthy for Life

Donna Fish | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Donna Fish

The cultural signals could not be more confusing to children: Everywhere they look, our kids are confronted by beauty icons who are disturbingly below the average weight -- this, even as the food industry continues to embrace the trend of super-sized portions.

Food Lessons I Learned From A Five-Year-Old

Food Riot | Posted 01.24.2014 | Taste
Food Riot

She took a bite and asserted that she wanted Cinnamon Toast Crunch. She insisted on me SLOWLY pouring the milk, screaming to stop when there was too much milk, which I totally got. You don't mess with a person's milk to cereal ratio at ANY age.

10 Things You Should Never Say To Your Child About Food

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

As parents, we all say things to encourage our kids to eat healthier. Yet, in our modern, food-centric environment, even well-intentioned comments can be translated into negatives that hinder eating.

Are You Overfeeding Your Toddler?

The Stir | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
The Stir

It seems though that maybe, just maybe, we are overfeeding our kids. Big surprise, right. We are a nation of super-sizing. Maybe our warped minds are just trying to get too much food down our kids' throats and we need to do some portion control.

Please Don't Call Organic Eating Snobbery

Catherine McCord | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Catherine McCord

Recently, a teacher told me she had been talking to parents about the importance of serving their children organic food at school. The parents adamantly disagreed. Their reason? "We don't want our kids to be snobs."

Take Back Dinner: Eight Strategies to Engage Your Picky Eater at Dinner

Paula Seefeldt | Posted 10.31.2012 | Home
Paula Seefeldt

What can you do if your kid is the one who only eats white foods or only likes pasta or refuses to try anything new? Decide to go on a culinary adventure together. Begin by working with your kids, not against them.

Kids' Food: Feeding Our Children

Jamie Schler | Posted 10.31.2012 | Taste
Jamie Schler

I recently had a tussle on a comment thread of a Huffington Post article. First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of her "Let's Move" campaign, the article explained, had hosted a State Dinner for Kids at the White House.

Kid's Family Dinner

Jason Good | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Jason Good

Sometime around 5:30 every evening, the four of us huddle around a $25 plastic folding table to throw food and complain.

How to Get Kids to Try New Foods (Without Begging, Bribing or Losing Your Mind)

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 10.15.2012 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

There's so much to enjoy about wonderful meals -- from eating well to learning the art of telling a great story -- that I consider it another important part of parenting.

So What Can They Eat?

Jason Good | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Jason Good

You can't seriously try to take away sugar. That magical dust that dries up tears? How are we supposed to pass down our legacy of emotional eating if we can't train our children?

When Chefs Become Dads

Allison Adato | Posted 06.16.2012 | Home
Allison Adato

For those trying to eat healthfully or lose weight, dining with children can be a challenge -- even for top food pros. In the best-case scenario, however, having a child helps you eat better than you did before.

The Developmental Milestones Of Throwing Food

Jennifer Shu | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Shu

From the day you add solid food to your baby's mealtime mix, you can expect your child to throw it.

In Defense of Family Dinner

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Family dinners are a practical, tangible way to send a clear message that you care about what is going on with your children and that they are part of a family.

Eating WITH Children: Strategies to Make It Work

Rachel Marie Stone | Posted 08.07.2012 | Parents
Rachel Marie Stone

It helps to have a sense of humor when eating with kids.

Eating Dinner as a Family Matters (More Than Making It to Every Ballet Lesson and Soccer Game)

Zester Daily | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Zester Daily

Meals don't just address our biological need to feed ourselves. Cooking and eating together have united humans since we first gathered around a fire to prepare the spoils of a successful hunt.

Stop Making Two Dinners: Versatile Ideas for the Whole Family

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

Parenting is amazing, sometimes hilarious and often difficult. Adjusting expectations so that the mini members of your dinner table eat what you're eating is a natural way to make life easier.

Why I Am Leaving My Kitchen

Debbie Koenig | Posted 05.16.2012 | Parents
Debbie Koenig

But I'm no employee. Cooking for my family isn't a job I can resign, any more than I can resign as my (mostly) sweet little boy's mom. Plus, he's 5. Harry's not the one who needs to make conscious changes; I am.

The Last PB&J

Julie Tilsner | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents
Julie Tilsner

I can take all those little plastic bowls and cups from Ikea out of my cupboards, I guess. It's a whole new parenting enchilada, this 'tween/teen thing.

Food Fight: Beating Processed Food Marketers at Their Own Game

Sherri York | Posted 06.17.2011 | Home
Sherri York

"But, Fruit Loops have fruit," my son said. With that uttering, I pulled out the big guns.