Parents’ Potluck: Tips on Raising Healthy Kids
Top parenting tips from WebMD members.
Wondering how you can wean your kid off sugar? Or how to get through a
family trip without caving in to the shrill backseat demands for Happy Meals?
You’re not alone.
To get some answers to these and other questions, we turned to the real
experts: parents. We posted on WebMD’s parenting message boards and asked
our readers for some of their best parenting tips. Here are their top tips.
1. How can you prevent your child from becoming hooked on sugar?
We do not keep cookies or junk food in the house, so our daughter’s
sugar intake is limited to what is in breads and crackers and naturally in
fruit and 100% fruit juice.
- If I give my son anything sweet, it's usually sugar-free. They
make some really yummy candy, syrup and other things that are sugar-free and he
- I don't really think sugar is that big an issue, as long as its
natural sugar and in smaller doses. I don't want my daughter to have any
- We tell our son how sugars affect his body and don't give him the good
energy you get from healthy foods. He has also had a tummy ache after too
much cake. We took advantage [of that] and explained how too much sugar
makes you feel crummy.
I don't make a big deal out of NOT letting my daughter have
chocolate, so it's not some off-limits "forbidden fruit.”
- I am more inclined to make sure my kids are learning to make healthy
choices (i.e. grapes for a snack instead of chips) than [to worry about
their] sugar intake.