The Boomerang Effect of Dissin’ Sugary Snacks

July 27, 2017 by Dina Rose Leave a Comment

The Boomerang Effect of Dissin’ Sugary Snacks
Telling kids that sugary snacks are bad for them is a strategy that backfires. It’s just like telling a child not to touch something. What’s the first thing that child is going to do? You got it. Start touching. Everything. The boomerang effect is fast. And it will undermine all of your efforts. I’m reading a study published in the Journal of the Association for … [Read more…]

Do You Support Crust-Cutting?
July 25, 2017 by Dina Rose 2 Comments

Do You Support Crust-Cutting?
Is crust-cutting a way indulgent parents spoil their kids or is it a gift parents give their children to make them happy? In other words, is crust-cutting caving or caring? Is it innocuous or destructive? What do you think? Personally, I have always been a crust person. I have always loved the crust. And not just on toast. If you can think of apple peel as crust, then … [Read more…]

Do You Worry about Becoming Your Mother? I Do.
July 20, 2017 by Dina Rose Leave a Comment

Do You Worry about Becoming Your Mother? I Do.
You’ll sit there until you finish your food. Because I said so. Eat it, there are starving kids in India. How did my mother’s words get in my mouth? Granted, I haven’t said these famous phrases, but plenty of my mother has rubbed off on me…even though I swore it would never happen. You? Here’s the essential question about becoming your mother: Do you give in and … [Read more…]

My Child Only Eats Certain Foods
July 18, 2017 by Dina Rose Leave a Comment

My Child Only Eats Certain Foods
You know the drill: when you buy chicken nuggets you have to buy Tyson or Weaver or even Applegate Naturals. Otherwise dinner is going to be flop. Ever said, I have to buy _________? We all have some sort of brand loyalty. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it. I’m a Hellmann’s mayonnaise gal. Don’t even try serving me Miracle Whip. (Don’t ask where that word gal came … [Read more…]

10 New Ways to Eat Ice Cream
July 13, 2017 by Dina Rose Leave a Comment

10 New Ways to Eat Ice Cream
I think it’s weird that Sunday, July 16th is National Ice Cream Day. In my house, every Sunday is ice cream day. I kid you not. A number of years ago my husband, in an attempt to curb his consumption of crap, decided that he would only eat treats on Sunday. The plan worked. All week long he would look at, but not actually touch, the cookies his colleagues ate during … [Read more…]

10 Ways to Eliminate Food Waste When Feeding a Toddler
July 11, 2017 by Dina Rose Leave a Comment

10 Ways to Eliminate Food Waste When Feeding a Toddler
One of the most irritating things about feeding young children is the amount of food that gets wasted. Am I right, or am I right? I’m talking about half-eaten sandwiches. Cereal bowls left practically untouched. Apples with one bite taken out of them. Then there’s the bacon they needed, yes, because they were dying for it, that gets discarded even before it hits the … [Read more…]

The Surprisingly Easy Way to “Sell” Your Kids on Healthy Drinks
July 6, 2017 by Dina Rose Leave a Comment

The Surprisingly Easy Way to “Sell” Your Kids on Healthy Drinks
Coca-Cola does it and it works. Kids like to see their names on stuff. And now there’s research to back up the benefit of personalizing stuff with labels. And guess what. Personalizing stuff even works for “selling” healthy drinks! Personalizing a beverage doesn’t just make unhealthy drinks like Coke more attractive. They make healthy beverages more attractive … [Read more…]

The Sound of Pie
June 29, 2017 by Dina Rose Leave a Comment

The Sound of Pie
Have you ever listened to pie? Sounds like a silly question, I know. But The New York Times recently ran an article on the importance of using all your senses to become a better cook. It’s an article that resonated with me, not because I listen to my food when I’m cooking—though who can miss the sizzle of onions and garlic in the pan?—but because I’m constantly telling … [Read more…]

The Unexpected Link Between Bacteria, Food and Asthma
June 27, 2017 by Dina Rose Leave a Comment

The Unexpected Link Between Bacteria, Food and Asthma
What kids eat can influence whether or not they get asthma. It’s all about good gut-health. But if you think the bacteria causes asthma, think again. According to this research, it’s the absence of certain microbes that is the problem. And unbelievably, one of the solutions is to go beyond rice cereal when you’re weaning your infant. Keep reading. This is important … [Read more…]

When Kids are Hungry at Night: The Dilemma of the Midnight Snack
June 22, 2017 by Dina Rose Leave a Comment

When Kids are Hungry at Night: The Dilemma of the Midnight Snack
Teaching children to sleep through the night is Parenting Priority #1. But what if your child is consistently waking up hungry in the middle of the night? The midnight snack is a tough situation to solve. Let’s say your little one is past the infant stage of needing to feed every few hours. You have a toddler (or perhaps an even older child) on your hands. She says (or signs) … [Read more…]