In a family of older children it is very difficult to install new dietary patterns. Our most ingrained tastes are set when we are under five years of age. If the parent has created a craving for sugar in a child, it is exceedingly difficult to back track and get the child on a program of good nitration. the child will invariably look upon it as punishment, as before mommy or daddy always rewarded them with sugar.
The best hope is when the older brothers and sisters are different enough in age that they will be off to school and out of the way. Otherwise if the older child is begging for a candy bar, the toddler will also want a candy bar. In essence many times the older sibling will help set the dietary patterns of the child.
dotesStarting from scratch with a new infant is the easiest, but remember, the parent has the money, the parent buys. The parent is the dictator about what foods are brought into the house. Until the child has a job of his own, he needs parental consent for every purchase.
The parent must remind himself, I will not loose my child’s love if I don’t fill the house and his stomach with candy. He may be mad for a moment, but he will appreciate me for the rest of his adult life.
Remember you only spend 18 years raising your child, you will live with them in friendship (hopefully!) for decades and decades and decades.
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