7. 80-20 Rule

Older children respond well when you apply the 80-20 Rule; this rule basically states that if the kids eat healthy 80% of the time they are allowed a โ€œforbiddenโ€ treat. Kids are more likely to adhere to a healthy diet when they are motivated by the promise of a treat they are normally not allowed.

Talk about food and the consequences of an unhealthy diet with the whole family. Provide healthy meals and snacks for every member of the family and let it be known that they are expected to eat wisely. Kids follow their parents lead; therefore, lead by example. How do you think your family would react to processed foods being eliminated from their diet?

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