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4/18/13 10:39 A

Giving your teens a chance to learn how to track spending will help them see how impulse short-term buying of fast/junk food stops them from saving for big ticket items they want. There are plenty of resources on helping teens get this. The Boy Scout merit badge book on personal management was really helpful to me when I was a young man.

4/4/13 9:22 P

My kids will buy it with their own money, and store it in their rooms. If I don't see it, I wont eat it. I wont buy it so they have worked this out for themselves.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
4/3/13 5:47 P

"How do you get your kids to stop buying junk food?"

Basically they are going to have to learn to deal with junk food and decide for themselves that too much is not good. You can't really stop them because it is their money that they earned by working for someone other than you- unless you forbid them from working. Since they are all older, I would have respectful discussions rather than try to take away their control of this issue.
If it creates problems for you to have junk food in the house, you can tell them about your struggles and ask them to please not bring it in the house.
You can discuss your concerns about them eating too much junk food- or spending their money unwisely- and try to get them on board with more moderate consumption/saving money for other things. Maybe talk about the family budget and how you allocate so much for certain things before splurging on unnecessary items.
If they are supposed to be using the money they earn for something particular but are spending it on junk food, then I would make sure they know you will not give them money to make up for that poor choice later.

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4/3/13 1:13 A

My children would eat the meals I prepared, but when they were out with their friends they would by fast food and pizzas and guzzle sodas. I didn't mind. I don't mind that my 15 year old does this either. Why? He eats the food I prepare at home. I don't keep the junk in the house. And when he is out with his friends a bag of chips, an ice cream cone, a soda, isn't going to cause any harm.

I don't dictate what he eats, but I make available the good stuff in the home, which he does eat, because I know when he gets out he is going to have some junk.

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
3/17/13 12:12 A

If it's their money, they can buy what they wish with it. But by the same rule, if it's your house you get to say what they can bring there. So maybe a compromise is in order? They can buy it but it can't come in the house, or something like that.

BERKANA_T Posts: 138
3/12/13 11:04 A

If it's left where I can get my hands on it then it's not me wasting their money, it's them wasting it, because they left it there in the first place. But that's beside the point.

If your concern is for their health, not your temptation, then there may not be a lot that you can do. Modelling and encouraging healthy eating and exercise should give them a good foundation, but what they choose to eat outside of the framework you provide may be beyond your control.

My daughter, for example, loves pizza pops. I think they're horrendous things, full of fat and salt, but she will eat three or four of them in a day if they're in the house. But in general, she eats healthy balanced meals about 90% of the time, so for me, her eating the pizza pops really isn't that bad in the long run. I aim for myself to eat healthy about 90% of the time as well, so I can't expect her to maintain a higher standard than I do.

LAINGMOM Posts: 472
3/11/13 10:50 P

Throwing it out was always my threat, but my son gets so mad cause I am wasting his money! He's good about not leaving it out where its tempting, but its frustrating just knowing he's undoing all my healthy cooking. I have tried the saving discussion, but maybe I will try that again.

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3/11/13 6:10 P

I love the idea of throwing it out. I wish I could do that! Unfortunately it's my parents that buy the junk food. My dad runs with some regularity, but also regularly undoes all of that in large doses of ice cream and other crap. My mom just doesn't seem to give a $h!t about her health and eats whatever she feels like, which is usually processed or sugary junk. They love the healthy food I cook for them when I get the chance, but they won't do it themselves. It's a frustrating battle.

Maybe with the kids have a chat about saving money for something important to them instead of buying junk food. Approach it from the money/savings aspect rather than the food/health side of the issue.

BERKANA_T Posts: 138
3/11/13 5:36 P

We used to have that issue, but with my SO rather than my daughter. He was terrible about bringing junk food into the house. So I told him that if he brought it home, he better eat it all or I was going to throw it out...and I don't make empty promises. It only took a few times of him going looking for whatever treasured garbage he had brought him and left open on the counter, with me telling him politely that I had tossed it in the bin, as I had said I would, before he stopped bringing stuff home that wouldn't be consumed in one sitting.... Or at least, he stopped bringing home stuff that he cared whether I threw it out before it was all gone.

At least this way there was never anything be stored in the house. My will power isn't too bad initially, but the longer it sits there, the louder the temptation becomes.

LAINGMOM Posts: 472
3/10/13 6:23 P

I have always struggled with my weight and my boys (17 and 15) do too. I got a grip on it as my kids were growing and my girls (14,12) do not have weight problems. Although I am an all things in moderation girl, I have decided that junk food is just too tempting to store in the house. I will buy treats in small quantities, but if they eat through the little bit, it's usually gone for the week. But now my boys have part time jobs and my girls are starting to babysit and they are spending their money buying the junk food I won't. Has anyone else had this issue? How do you get your kids to stop buying junk food?

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