How Can I ween my kids off of over-eating candy and eat more veggies?

Angela - posted on 04/26/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I've had issues with my kids being introduced to candy too early, and as I go to college, several hours every weekday so I don't have control over what my kids eat. Especially on over nights at grandparents houses.

-Angie

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Marcie - posted on 04/27/2010

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You have control over what they eat. You are their mother. If the grandparents are feeding them junk, find out why? Maybe proper meal preparation is too challenging for them. You can always prepare things like casseroles stews, lasagnas, etc on the weekends, freeze them and then have the grandparents take them out for dinners during the week.



If you want to wean your kids off candy and junk, cut them off and take them OUTSIDE on the weekend. Let them run themselves ragged running around the park, or biking around in the neighborhood. Tell them to go out and play with their friends! Toss out the junk and clean out your cupboards.

Tammy - posted on 04/26/2010

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Wow so sorry, best you can do is offer the good stuff when you have them, and send good stuff with them and ask people to limit the goodies please. We just don't have candy or soda in the house. For snacks we have fruit, yogurt and granola, pretzels popcorn and all natural fruit pops. We love peanut butter on apples and celery, raisins and nuts, homemade fruit bars, carrots with homemade ranch dressing and frozen grapes and blueberries. At meals we have a no thank you rule, you have to try everything on offered, if you say no thank you you get a tiny taste if you say yuck you get a bigger helping, and you have to try your tiny taste before leaving the table. At each meal we offer things people like and at least one they don't so they have more that one opportunity to try new things.

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Tamara - posted on 05/11/2010

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I think you need to have a sincere chat with their grandparents. Explain your issue with what they are eating and ask them to assist you in developing good habits for them. I used to nanny for a family who taught their children that they could only have something unhealthy if they ate something healthy first. Usually, by the time they finished the fruit or veggies, they would forget about, or be too full for the sugary food.

My baby isn't old enough to want sugar, but it is an issue that I am planning to deal with very cautiously. I don't want her to think sugary foods are anything special.

Terri - posted on 05/06/2010

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No, you can't control what they eat at their grandparents' house. My kids' dentist had a good idea, though. He said that he gives his kids a quarter for every piece of candy they come home with (especially helpful when they go to school & have class parties-ugh) That way, instead of eating the candy, they save it & cash it in at home. Then, you will not be alienating grandparents (which you don't want to do...good grandparents are wonderful for your kids & you!), and your kids will happily comply.

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My best advice to getting your kids to eat veggies is to get them involved. When you go shopping have each child pick out a veggie and encourage them to make new choices each time you are at the store. Also have them help you prep the veggies...I do the initial cutting then give my son a butter knife to "dice" his veggies. He is more willing to try something that he had a choice on than something that I just plopped onto his plate.

Dani - posted on 05/05/2010

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Ohhh pleasr Do Not give your children sugarless gum. Its full of chemical and will rot thier tiny brains. Just. say NO.( to the caregivers) and , of course your children :-)

Elizabeth - posted on 05/05/2010

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Kids love colorful foods. Its hard to get kids to stop eating candy but try introducing them to colorful foods like ex. a fruit or veggie tray. Its filled with different kinds or fruits/veggs they might just dig in!

Pamela - posted on 05/03/2010

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Weaning off candy... well, for one thing, just don't have it in the house or around the house anywhere. Don't buy it. I know it's hard cuz they'll be begging for it, but it's a must. Candy is SOOO bad for their teeth. And then for the aspect of a sweet taste, get a bunch of different flavored sugarless gum. Give them the gum as a treat. Let them think it's the best thing since candy but it's soooo much better for them. If they're old enough, try to teach them (scare them) about what candy does to their teeth and how chewing sugarless gum not only satisfies the sweet taste, but it also cleans your teeth while you chew it. I hear to many stories about young kids getting fillings done left and right and it's sad. I have a 3,4,and 9 year old and luckily so far, no cavities. Perfect teeth so far. I'm crossing my fingers they stay that way. And I let them have a taste of candy once in a while. But hard suck on candy and taffy like candy is the worst. Nerds or sweet tarts and M&M's are ok if you give like 5 pieces once in a while for a treat. But always brush and chew gum. I'm no health nut, but this has worked for me. Good luck.

Angela - posted on 04/27/2010

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Thanx :) I don't have time too cook my self... nuh-uh... I wish I did.. If I was a stay at home mum maybe. But I will sus out the issue. :) Thanx

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