Ideas from an older, experienced, tattered and educated (finally!) mom and now grand mom.
Stay cool, stay the parent, stay sweet. Say, "I'm unwilling to take anyone to ....(name the restaurant) who will order...(name the food(s)" Calm, collected, no guilt thrown.
Or: "I'm unwilling to buy dessert for anyone who orders ...(name the food(s)" Calm, direct, sweet, no guilt.
This is the very best way to assist your children to making responsible choices. Let them choose and hold your ground as to what YOU are willing or unwilling to do. They will respect you if you are honest with them. Because really, wanting your kids to eat healthier choices, is YOUR desire, not theirs. (in almost all cases)
This works with just about anything you desire your kids to do.
Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 10/30/2009 (10:12)
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