“I could never eat like you do!”
He shook his head as he watched, and we had this conversation.
Nic: Robyn, I could never eat like you do. I don’t like that stuff.
Me: I didn’t either, when I was your age, Nicky. But then I got fat. And really sick. I had, like, 20 diseases.
Me: Yeah. And so, when I ate stuff like this, I felt better. And then foods like these tasted good to me, too, after a while. It takes eating something for a little while to get used to it.
Tell your kids a story that’s on their level. About why you make the choices you do. Tomorrow, tell them another one. It’s the “drip method” of parenting. No lectures. Just bite-sized information they need.
You may not have won the war yet. But most kids, most of the time, follow their parents’ habits, for life. Good or bad.