Why you should bring your kids with you to the grocery store

Alanna Levine, MD Pediatrician & Author, shares advice for parents on why bringing them with you to the grocery store can help them eat healthier by giving ownership over meal planning
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Why you should bring your kids with you to the grocery store

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So often in my office I hear that parents are concerned that their children have terrible eating habits, that they only want to eat white foods or carbohydrates. That they won't eat any fruits or they won't eat any vegetables. And I think one way to combat that is to bring your child into the process. Give them responsibility and ownership over the meal planning and the meal preparation. One of the things I like to do is bring the children into the grocery store with you. Give them a task. Tell them to find a vegetable they've never eaten before. And the challenge is for you to come up with a way to prepare it. Let them help you come up with what the meal is. If they've chosen the meal, they're much more likely to actually eat it, because it's been their choice, not what you've dictated to them. It's even better if you have the time to let them help you prepare the meal as well, because again it contributes to that sense of ownership and pride over what's being produced and what's being shared with the whole family to enjoy.

Alanna Levine, MD Pediatrician & Author, shares advice for parents on why bringing them with you to the grocery store can help them eat healthier by giving ownership over meal planning

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Alanna Levine, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Dr. Alanna Levine is a New York-based pediatrician and a mom of two children.  As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Levine frequently appears on television and in print speaking about breaking medical news and common parenting topics.  Dr. Levine is also a contributor for BabyCenter.com, on the board of advisors for GetSweaty.com, and on the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Communications and Media.Dr. Levine sees patients at Orangetown Pediatric Associates in New York and is on staff at Nyack Hospital and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.   She completed her internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital, received her medical degree at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, a master’s degree in medical sciences from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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