There are all sorts of things that we, as parents, say to convince our kids that eating all their food is the best thing to help them stay happy and healthy. Did you know that some of these things are actually BAD to say??
According to a registered dietician and mom of two, there are 10 things that you should never say to your kid about food. Here's a few of the worst:
1. "See, your (sister, brother, cousin, friend) is eating it, why don't you?"
Translation: "He/she is a better eater than me."
A better thing to say: "I know you'll get there, sweetie. It takes time -- and many tastes -- to learn to like a new food."
Rationale: Instead of feelings of inferiority, you want to instill confidence that the child can and will like the food in their own time.
2. "You used to like blueberries -- you are so picky!"
Translation: "Maybe I won't grow out of this picky-eating thing?"
A better thing to do: Don't call attention to picky eating. Instead, make eating an enjoyable experience.
Rationale: Avoid labeling children as "picky" as this is a normal stage of development and the label tends to stick.
3. "For the last time, no, you cannot have ice cream!"
Translation: "I'm never getting ice cream again!"
A better thing to say: "We are not having ice cream now because lunch is a half hour away. We'll have some one day this week for dessert."
Rationale: Children accept "no" much better when they know why they can't have something and when they will have it again.
For even more tips, check out the full article from HuffingtonPost.com.