Q: As a parent, how do you teach your kids to say no to the chemical sweeteners and garbage foods?
In the context of kids, sugar, and schools, it’s nearly impossible to keep kids on any sort of dietary restriction in today’s schools (short of one that will kill them outright, such as a peanut allergy).
There’s always someone in class with a birthday, there’s all the junk available at lunch; and not just from the school, but from kids who bring their lunches and trade your kids for garbage food.
That’s the way it is. Unless you want to home school and be a food nazi. I don’t see how you’ll keep kids from eating sugar and junk – it’s too much a part of everything.
Therefore, unless you plan on being a helicopter parent or you can make your child think the way you do, or your kid just outright dislikes sweets, your child will be ingesting sugar and sweeteners in all their various forms.
What is a parent to do?
A: Thank you for your email, and you are, indeed, being realistic, without a doubt. Our younger generation is in trouble today because they are victims to so many junk products, junk technology, bad school programs, toxic vaccines, and toxic foods.
That said, as a parent, you know what temptations and misinformation you are dealing with, so you now know what needs to be done to guide them and to educate them.
Start today educating your children about the many temptations facing them daily, and show them how to have the self-confidence to say no to the social pressures.
You mentioned home-schooling. Well, in today’s world, you actually need to home-school alongside public schooling because the “systems” are failing.
Socially, their friends are probably making bad decisions, so get involved with this when they are at a young age (before school age) to steer them toward friends who are also aware, and teach them how to say no to the ones making bad decisions, especially when they get into public school settings. Today, you must treat daily living like you’d teach them to say no to street drugs.
This all comes back to the home, and their strength is maintained through your supporting their confidence, awareness, and self-esteem. This is the new role for a parent today, in the real world, as you have identified.
Don’t give up fighting to protect your children, any way that you can.
The best in health,
– Janet Hull
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