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Parents’ Potluck: Tips on Raising Healthy Kids

Top parenting tips from WebMD members.
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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.
    -- sophiasmom0629
  • 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 loves them!
    -- sahmommyof1
  • 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 artificial sweetener.
  • 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.
    -- ajloven
  • I don't make a big deal out of NOT letting my daughter have chocolate, so it's not some off-limits "forbidden fruit.”
    -- ko4905
  • 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.
    -- meredith18439
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