I think a lot depends not only on you, but on the other people around your daughter as well.
Right now, thanks to financial issues, my husband, daughter, and I live with my grandfather. Up until then, it was rare indeed that we ever had junk food in the house. We might have dined out more than we should have, but even then we made health conscious choices. Now living with my grandfather (and my aunt is next door) there is ALWAYS A TON OF JUNK FOOD! (Yes I did need to make that capitalization exaggeration). When we lived on our own, junk food consisted of microwave popcorn, multigrain bars, and full fat flavored yogurts. Right now if I were to walk in the kitchen I would find cake and marshmallows on the kitchen table, a tub of ice cream in the freezer (would be 2 but we finished off the other one at dinnertime today), 2 boxes of icee (of course that's actually from when she was sick), 4 boxes of cookies in the pantry, along with fiddle faddle, more marshmallows, more cakes, chips, pretzels, etc, etc, etc! Anyway, I'm sure you see an obscene difference in the way we stock our houses with food.
::off from my rant now:: In a way, Xena's habits haven changed at mealtimes. If she's hungry, she eats, if she's not feeling it, or it's not something she likes, she'll either ask for something different, just pick at it / play with it, or not eat. But... all day long she begs for candy, cookies, cake, etc. I say no... offer her other alternatives and options. (How about this apple instead? Or you can have a cookie after you've eaten an apple or a cheese stick) Sometimes, she'll accept the alternative, sometimes (okay, most of the time) she throws a tantrum. It's not our influence that is affecting her so much as the rest of our families. Worse even, I noticed the past few days that when she's been binging on good foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains) my grandfather's been telling her that she's going to get fat... he does not make this comment when she runs in the kitchen fills both fists up with cookies and runs off to eat them. It's a very frustrating situation.
I suppose basically, all I'm really saying, is that as long as you provide healthy choices, provide occasional treats, and give her lots of love, that everything will be fine
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