Let's face it, our kids are going to eat sugary foods at some point whether we want them to or not so we may as well set the stage for success by teaching them healthy ways to approach sweets.
First of all, let's try not to use dessert as a reward. Doing so will drive an unhealthy craving to eat, whether they're hungry or not. The message becomes dessert is special and hard to get, which will make them focus on it crave it all the more!
Next, try offering some "dessert" food on your child's plate along with their meal. By doing this we minimize the "dessert drama". Food is food. We also have the opportunity to teach portion size. The child can see that the "dessert" food is only a small portion on his or her plate compared to the rest of the meal.
So that's why I don't hesitate to serve "dessert" along with meals.
Have you tried this? Let me know in the comments!
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