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Pal00e 10 Students Youth Thursday, Mayl9,2011 . Tri-Coun News * Kimball, MN ,  Things parents and grandparents say exercise is punishment for eating. me what you think about it today after you have one polite bite. Or, Did you know your taste buds grow up just like you do? I wonder if you like this big kid food yet? Clean your plate; there are starving children in Avoid teaching children scarcity eating behaviors in our plentiful food environment. What you could say instead: It's important to not be wasteful, so please only take as much as you think you need. Or, If you're full, we can save the rest for later. You have to eat all your vege- tables or there will be no dessert. Kids are smart. When you bribe them for eating certain foods, they quickly realize that those foods must be yucky and that dessert is the reward. They also learn to hold out until a reward is offered. Whatyou could sayinstead: Ilove all kinds of different foods, some that make me healthy and strong and some that are jfist for fun. at  kinds of foods do you like? Or, Enjoy your dinner. We'll be having dessert in a couple hours. Eat all your dinner or you don't get dessert. This variation on the threat above translates to "you must overeat and I will reward you by giving you more to eat!" Chil- dren naturally love sweet foods,z. so they can learn to override their fullness signals. As an adult, they might be tempted to order a 1,200-calorie salad to ',earn" a 1,200-calorie piece of cheesecake. What you could say instead: Save room for dessert tonight. I was so bad at lunch today. What you could say instead: I Now I have to spend an extra hour ate more than I needed and now I on the treadmill. Children are born feel too full and uncomfortable. I to move. They naturally love explor- think a walk would make me feel ing their environment, challenging better. Want to join me? Or, any- themselves, and playing actively, body up for a bike ride? Unfortunately, the messages they I am so gross and fat. Or, I get from aduks teach them that can't believe has let her- That can cause eating and weight problems Parents can sometimes for- get that they are raising adults, riot children. The goal is to equip kids with the skills and increas- ing responsibility for managing their lives without constant vigi- lance, according to Michelle May, M.D., author, board-certified fam- ily physician, and expert for TOPS Club, Inc, (Take Off Pounds Sen- sibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization. One key life skill is the ability to navigate an abundant food environ- ment while maintaining optimal health. Here are seven things that well-meaning parents commonly say that may have unintended con- sequences-and what to say instead: You are such a good eater!- Children want nothing more than to please their parents. While meal- time should be a pleasant time to connect with your children, eating should remain intrinsically driven to meet your child's fuel needs, NOT to earn your praise. What you could say instead: You must have been really hun- gry today. Or, I love spending time with you while we have dinner. You are such a picky eater. All children (and adults) have some foods that they just don't like. Some children are highly taste and/or tex- ture sensitive, but most will out- grow it. Picky eating becomes an entrenched behavior when we berate, beg, bribe-or worse, feed kids only what they say they'll eat. What you could say instead: I know you didn't like it last time; tell self go. Kids learn from us even when we think they aren't listen- ing. Statements like this teach kids that it's okay to put yourself and others down and judge peo- ple for their weight or other phys- ical attributes. Perhaps they also What to say/To page 22 Great pro  28 acres bnng the ! ft lake   Cleat kei ni animals & ery this quiet, cou set,rig sandy beach and { sl to the wa $10 N big shr  equipment or toys ptional lue at $t99,900 LISTING Integrity 0 See full details at: z.. u) ebbec ..... Take a look & w 11 in ve!   ..... i:i i -  "r:ptan& a You  have it a!Lt fiord r I ! :n 49,900 wlofrcei xsta,s,.stora , a I ,  ipment mbler- 14ev hm, Two 00reat Lot 00eices Too for photo! Call r. Two I a lots near Kbl. O sewer already in. $14,500 each Perfect Lot r ur ke Home Kimball ke  on Lake Louisa. Perfect walkout with ni slope to lake. $116, Your satisfaction is my greatest concern. Meier Exceptkaily nice  with almost 2 . Rambler   great