Dina Rose

Stop Being a Short-Order Chef: 10 Lessons Kids Need to Learn

Unless you enjoy making multiple meals, it's time to switch strategies. Stop looking for the right food and start teaching the right lessons.
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5 No-Cost Holiday Gifts Parents Can Give Their Kids

Just because your children won't ask for any of these gifts doesn't mean your kids don't want them. Especially #1.
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21 Things to Say to Kids Instead of "Just Try It"

Asking children to "take one bite" easily creates the habit of rejection. They'll take a bite, but they aren't really open to the experience. A new strategy can open kids up.
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Why a Halloween Buy-Back Is a Bad Idea

Pretend this is an after-Halloween sale. You're the kind of shopper who stocks up now for next year. Instead of candy, this sale is selling a strategy better than the buy-back.
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The Halloween Bill of Rights Kids Want and Deserve

Halloween teaches kids to celebrate — and then fear — candy. And before you argue that nobody fears candy, consider why parents contort themselves to lighten the load.

Why You Should Never Call Your Picky Eater a "Picky Eater"

Parents know not to call their child, "The Dumb One." But Picky Eater? When identity shapes eating behavior, thoughts become reality.

The Blessing of a Broken Pretzel

What can broken pretzels can teach your kids about eating—and about life? Empowerment through the imperfect.

Our Hypocritical Approach to Healthy Eating

We talk a good game about healthy eating but our heart is in the cookie jar. It's not your fault. It's a cultural thing.

Introducing Peanuts Early in Life Reduces Allergies

Another food recommendation reversal. Don't keep your kids away from peanuts. Expose them early to prevent allergies from developing. How to do it right?

8 Ways Parents Teach Kids NOT to Eat Dinner

If your kids don' eat the way you wish they would, chances are your kids are learning a different lesson than the one you think you're teaching. Change the message and the outcome.

Even Nutrition Savvy Kids Choose Cookies Not Fruit. Why?

Nutrition education program enables kids to identify—and say they prefer— healthier snacks. But what happens when kids are offered a snack of either cookies or grapes?

The Unintended Lessons Kids Learn on Halloween

As a culture we're kind of crazy about Halloween. We glorify candy and the excitement of the Halloween haul in the weeks leading up the event and then, the second it's over, we vilify the bounty. The problem with Halloween isn't the candy. The problem is the lessons kids learn about candy, power, guilt and more. It doesn't have to be this way.

Three Lessons Children Need to Learn About Candy

If you secretly discard your kids' candy, think about what sneaky parenting teaches kids about fairness. It's OK to do whatever you want as long as your motives are good... and you don't get caught?

Americans are Drinking Less Soda. So What?

Every time we beat the nutrition drum, the more we turn people off. It's time for a different kind of public health messaging based on habits.

Kids Eat Poorly Because We're Psycho About Food and Eating

The message that unhealthy-tastes-better-than-healthy is a message that comes through loud and clear. And kids get it from the get-go. Parents, you’re not to blame. It’s our crazy culture. Even if you did everything right, your kids would still get the “talk healthy,” but dig-down-dirty message. It is the cultural equivalent of "Do what I say, not what I do."

"I'll Try New Foods When I'm 7!"

Kids have good intentions to try new foods. But just like many adults say they intend to diet but then never do, when it comes to how kids eat, there's a gap between intentions and behavior.

Would Teaching Doctors to Cook Solve the Obesity Problem?

Attacking the obesity problem by teaching docs to cook. Hmm. Are there really families who have missed the message about cooking? And if people know they ought to cook but don’t know how, what could a physician say that would really change anything? Are doctors going to start conducting knife-skills tutorials between vaccinations?There's a better solution.

6 Things Dieticians Need to Know—and Then Pass on to Parents

Talking up health abdicates "tasty" to junk. Six hidden reasons kids won't eat their veggies.

Pizza: The Downfall of the American Diet

When future generations are digging around in the smoldering embers of America’s eating habits, wondering, “What went wrong?” they are going to discover one thing: Pizza.

Healthy Food Is Gross

Imagine what would happen if parents started giving green beans the "chocolate cake look." It would revolutionize how kids eat.

Listen Up Grandma: Go Ahead and Spoil Your Grandchildren!

Many parents complain when grandparents spoil their grandchildren, especially when it comes to food. But food has the power to create connections, to build bonds, to make magical memories.(It might even get the grandchildren to look up from their devices!)

10 Essential Holiday Eating Habits Parents Forget to Teach

You know how the experts are always saying that it’s important to make sure your kids have a healthy meal before they hit the sweets? Well, the research shows kids will eat highly palatable foods even when they're not hungry. This Thanksgiving, teach your kids some habits they can really use.

Can We Please Stop Saying Picky Eating Is Normal?

Telling parents that picky eating is a normal stage of development is a message that is ruining our kids' eating habits. It disempowers parents, ties their hands, and produces the very dynamics it's intended to solve. It's also incorrect. So, to all the experts out there: let's stop expecting our kids to eat so poorly, and then, maybe they will stop eating so poorly.

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Dump Your Kids' Halloween Haul

Don’t fall for the idea that your job at Halloween is to control the candy. From a habits perspective, there’s only one question you need to consider: Next Halloween, will you have to engage in the same old candy-control struggle with your kids? Or, will they have evolved so you are off the hook and they can moderate more of the mess themselves?

Don’t Tell Your Kids to “Eat a Balanced Diet”

People can't implement good eating habits if they don't know what they are. The advice to eat a "balanced diet" doesn't cut it because "balanced" has come to mean too many things. Fortunately, there's a way around this problem.

Don't Listen to the Experts if You Want to Raise Good Eaters

Most expert advice on how to raise a good, healthy and adventurous eater is both obvious and incomplete. None of it tells parents what to do when kids won't play along. As a result, it's not only useless, but it can produce the very problem it's trying to solve. There is another way.

How Fully Stocked Grocery Stores Produce Picky Eating

You'd be hard pressed to find a picky eater anywhere that food is scarce. When food is scarce, parents don’t have the luxury of worrying about their children’s taste preferences. When food is scarce, kids don’t worry about their taste preferences either.

Why Do Kids Like What They Like?

Parents of reluctant eaters tend to favor nature over nurture explanations. Taste preferences, these parents think, are innate, stable and unchangeable. These beliefs hold parents back.

How Smart Parents Teach Their Kids Unhealthy Eating Habits

Ironically, the way to teach children to eat healthy foods is to stop talking about how healthy the food is.

I Understand Why Parents Feed Their Kids Unhealthy Foods

Experts think children eat poorly because parents don't know enough about nutrition. It’s pretty hard to believe that anyone is under the impression that cupcakes are healthier than carrots. That’s what parents would have to believe if you're going to "buy" the lack-of-education argument.