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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published June 22nd 2014
Source: Huffington Post

My father told me that trams had no brakes and so couldn't stop. I must have been a pretty stupid kid as it wasn't until one day in my twenties that I realised "of course they can stop. One just picked me up." But I will say his lie fulfilled the necessary requirement in my education as I was always cautious on busy roads with trams.

There are some mistruths I also told my children that may actually have been beneficial. They may even thank me one day. Stranger things have happened.

The first is that lollies from the supermarket taste disgusting and the ones near the checkout are worst of all. It made my life a lot easier as for years of shopping with toddlers there were no cries of "buy me this, buy me that."

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Plus they needed less fillings.

Another friend used a fib that I only wish I had known about when my kids were little. Every night she would say "dinner is not quite ready yet so I have just got you this plate of colourful foods to keep you going." They were hungry so would happily tuck into their five a day servings of vegetables without fuss or bother. What's more she even served these raw (so much better for them). Things like beans, red and yellow capsicums, freshly shelled peas, carrots, snow peas, sliced cabbage celery and so on. Meanwhile she would proceed to dish up dinner. Oh I wish I had known that trick.

While not actually lies there were a couple of things I also did with my kids that really helped with nagging, arguments and with their consumption of overrefined food.

The first was that slurpies were reserved for days that were over 42. This was a staunch rule that got the quota down considerably.

The other that yes we could go to 7-Eleven (which was strategically places right next to the state school) but only on the last day of each term as a special treat. They really looked forward to it and again it saved me from all kinds of cajoling and them from over-consumption.

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Before my kids were old enough to object to Mum choosing a movie for them I also showed them Supersize Me which did help them mostly to stay off McDonalds.

But I am in awe of some more modern parents whose children have never had sweets beyond the bit of sugar in some home baking.

A few years ago I picked someone else's kids up from school on a really hot day and had carefully brought some icy-poles in an esky for them to enjoy. I thought they would be delighted.

"No thank you. We don't eat sugar."

Those icy-poles dripped away into a pool along with my expectations of being thanked for my thoughtfulness.

Source: image by Will Nolan photographs melting popsicles | Photography | Lifelounge

All I can say. "Is how do parents do it? How do parents save their kids from a life-time of bad eating habits? What tricks have you got up your sleeve that would help the rest of us out?
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Open the windows, let them eat dirt, and do not push them into sports they do not want to play!
If in climate controlled house, keep climate below 20 degrees Celsius!
If you want hotter, install a Sauna in the garage & park the car outside.
by fluffynut (score: 2|859) 1574 days ago

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