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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Melissa d'Arabian and kids

People always ask me “How do you get your kids to eat all the food that you make?” My girls are 7, 6, 5 and 5, so my answer is: “I don’t.” But, then again, that’s not my goal. To be sure, I want my kids to eat their veggies, but more than that, I want to raise budding young women who have a healthy relationship with their food. If I manage to get them to choke down a few bites of broccoli for the next few years, but then they spend their entire teen and adult lives eating junk, finally “free” from my rules, then I will not have considered myself successful. That’s just what rings true for me in my gut, and I realize not everyone shares my parenting style. My goal is simple: Impart a healthy knowledge and love for the taste, adventure and nutrition that food brings to our lives. Whenever I find myself tempted to wield my parenting muscle and try to “force” my kids to eat (ha ha ha!), I step back and remind myself that I want to pass along messages that support both the 6-year-old in front of me, and the 18-year-old she will become soon enough.

With that background, I will share my top six tips and tools for dealing with picky kids (yes, my kids have ALL had their picky phases!):

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Melissa d’Arabian’s Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

The days of partying all night on New Year’s Eve are, for me, long gone.  In fact, truth to be told, we rarely stay up late enough to watch the ball drop, so we celebrate New Year’s with the four kiddos at midnight French time (my husband is French), which means by 3:15 pm in California, we could call it a day if we were so inclined.  In the evening of New Year’s Eve, after the kids are tucked in, my husband and I now have a tradition of revisiting our mission statement and our goals, both individually and as a family.

Supporting my health is always at the top of my list, and for 2013, these are my health-related goals.  I want to:

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