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My Son's Rebelling

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Well I must be doing something right and something wrong. My son wanted to run away yesterday. He said that he was tired of me telling him that he couldn't eat whatever he wanted to.
He is used to me letting him do and eat eat what ever he wants. Anyway he got on his bike and took off! When he rides his bike he usually just rides around the block, but the neighbor said that he took off and hadn't seen him come back around. my daughter and I started looking for him and finally found him. I didn't think he would get that upset over food.
I am not trying to put him on a diet, but I have been noticing lately that he expects to get a candy bar, soda and chips everyday after school I have been telling him that he can pick out 1 of those each day. Since I cut it back, he has been getting home and eating until bed I am not sure how to get him used to a healthier diet. I am going to keep working at it though.
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  • DALID414
    A green apple with peanut butter tastes just like a chocolate bar.
    1865 days ago
    Perhaps you could try making homemade chips, homemade trail mix bars, and buying small cans/bottles of soda where he gets 1 of those then can have flavored water (something like crystal light or dropping some fruit into a glass of cold water). When you make similar items at home - with his help - he may be more willing to eat healthier versions of the snacks he loves. By having him help, he's invested in what he's eating and usually that helps kids be more willing to try new foods. By opening him up to healthier options it will get his taste buds more used to healthier, non-over-flavored foods, which may help lead him into eating healthier in other aspects.
    1865 days ago
    Just like it is recommended to SP members, BABY STEPS! Just make the changes so gradual that he won't notice. If you buy normal sized candy bars, buy those bite-sized ones, and give him one of those. Increase fruit and veges. If he doesn't like them, sneak them into gravies, puree soups, make casseroles with the veges chopped small or pureed Make sure that the children get plenty of protein and calcium for their growing bodies. If you bake, make some cookies that have fruit/veges in them. Use pureed apple to reduce oil and processed sugar. Try herbs and spices, but if they aren't used to them, start gradually with just a hint.

    Allow your children to be part of the meal preparation. Allow them a 'night a week' where they can choose and then they help you with the healthier version. Odds are, if they have helped with it, and can claim that "they cooked it" then they will eat it. Gently steer them toward a healthy dessert. In time they will get used to it and forget about their regular sugar hits.

    1866 days ago
    All you can do is keep on trying. Look at a positive when he got mad and left, he rode his bike. He is getting in some exercising and not realizing it!!!

    Please HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Keep going, hopefully it will get easier, I have to try and clean up my kids diets too, I can imagine how hard it is going to be. emoticon
    1866 days ago
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