Thursday, July 1, 2010

Let your kids call the shots

Because their worlds are filled with people constantly telling them what to do, kids love it when you let them make their own decisions - especially when it involves food. When it comes to the fruits and vegetables we eat, I ask my children for their input as much as possible.

This week when I went to the grocery store, I asked what fruits they wanted  and was told watermelon. Luckily, they were on sale for $3.99 each at Food Lion. I cut it all up so it is readily available in the fridge for them to help themselves to.

This morning on the way to camp, we passed the local Farmer's Market and Grayson asked to stop. Thursday mornings are a big morning for the market, so he noticed all the people out. I gladly stopped and gave him $10 to spend however he wanted to. He picked out some great stuff, and we had an interesting conversation about supporting your local growers and economy. Don't assume your kids are too young to learn these things.

When it comes to picking healthy food, let your kids call the shots when they can. It'll get them excited about what is on their plate! Better yet, let them grow it themselves (more to come on that topic)!

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