It is important, at their ages, not to get them obsessed about calories; this can turn into an eating disorder. Instead you (you are the Mom!) provide the right foods that are full of nutrition, with limited bad choices.
I think calorie counts for kids are difficult to pin down because there is such a variation in size. For instance, I used to teach sixth grade, 11-12 year olds. I have had students ranging in size from barely four foot tall and sixty pounds to 6'2" and 180 or more.
That's why providing a good variety of healthy foods, using the food pyramid as a guide, is the way to go. I would never (in most circumstances, except in the severely obese child) talk about diets, other than a healthy diet, calories or losing weight with kids. It's so easy for them to become negative.
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