Frank Bruni, the New York Times restaurant critic who recently came out of the closet about being a child bulimic writes a good article in today's paper about children modelling their parents' eating habits.
There are so many studies being done now to try and determine how today's kids are ending up with so many eating disorders. This article suggests that the best predictors for your child having a healthy relationship to food are:
- regularly having family dinners (we see the importance of this lauded everywhere from nutrition papers to child-rearing tomes),
- going grocery-shopping and cooking with your kids, and
- being good role models by exercising and eating well yourselves
It's not rocket science. A little bit of "monkey see, monkey do", and a dash of common sense. My little monkeys have had a fun summer - which definitely included ice cream - but we've always made time for being active, and eating our peas.