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9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

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Controlling What He Eats


Of course a healthy diet is important for your child, but monitoring and controlling everything he eats can lead to unhealthy eating habits and power struggles. Expose him to a variety of healthy foods, but allow him to choose which ones to try. Once your child is elementary-aged, he should have enough kitchen skills to prepare basic meals. When he reaches his teens, he should be comfortable enough in the kitchen to cook several nutritious meals himself. By helping out in the kitchen, your child will gain an awareness and appreciation for food and nutrition.

And remember — a little junk food will not be his ruin. Your child's day-to-day diet should be well-rounded and healthy, but avoid stressing out about a made-from-a-box cupcake at a child's birthday party. Enjoying occasional indulgences in moderation is a good life lesson, too!

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