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June 2015

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  • Tips: How to Eat a Variety of Foods

    This may come as a surprise, but the goal to “eat a variety of foods” is the hardest one for me to implement in my house. Introducing new foods can be met with skepticism (or outright displeasure or disgust) and personally I find it frustrating to spend time making a meal to have everyone turn their noses up at it. Eating a variety of foods also means that I have to continually... 

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  • Tips: Listening to your internal cues of hunger and fullness

    When babies are born they are extremely attuned to their internal signals of hunger and fullness. When they are hungry they know, and they will let you know too! They also know when they are full, and they stop eating. This ability is so fine-tuned that - if left to determine their own intake - they will eat to within a few calories of their energy intake from the previous day.

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  • Tips: Encouraging Your Kids To Be Good Tasters

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    Some kids are naturally more adventurous while others are more tentative – especially when it comes to food and eating. A respected colleague, Dr. Dina Rose, argues that focusing on... 

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  • Why I Set Food Goals for My Kids

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    Thinking about how to raise healthy children runs in the family, so it’s no surprise that when I started having kids I did a lot of reading, thinking, and talking about parenting. In... 

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  • How do children develop empathy?

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    “My 3-year-old doesn’t seem very empathetic – does this mean something is wrong?”

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    “Someone told me that kids can’t “do” empathy until age 9. Is that true?”

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  • The Teen Brain on Nicotine

    "I wouldn't smoke, it's just nasty. Vaping isn't as big of a deal though."

    This seems to sum up the trend among adolescents today. Fewer teens are lighting up traditional cigarettes while e-cigarettes are exploding onto the scene. This is refocusing our attention on the impact of nicotine on the teenage brain.

    Let's start with a history lesson. We’ve known since the... 

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