Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Disband the Clean Your Plate Club!

What's one of the worst clubs your kid can join?

The clean your plate club - a club likely born out of war rationing back during WWII.

Here's a thought - if your kids aren't cleaning their plates perhaps you're serving them too much?

Or maybe it's that they've grown accustomed to trying to save their appetites for the tastier stuff offered to them after the meal.....but does dessert really need to be served nightly?

Are there risks to not forcing your child to clean your plate?

None that I can think of - emotionally well-adjusted children won't let themselves starve.

My recommendation?

Lose the club - you can spell "waste" two ways.

Your choice.

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  1. Or rewarding kids with dessert for finishing all their food!

  2. It depends on what's on the plate. If it's "Kraft Dinner," or pizza, sure. But if it's veggies, then shove it down their throats.

  3. Although I agree with your pt on not obliging a child to clean his plate, I think that children can use the absence of the requirement to avoid learning to eat a variety of foods. At the same time, I think it provides balance if dessert is part of a normal meal. Where the problem may lie is in the definition of a dessert. In order to get balance, it is perfectly sensible to include fruit and dairy-based desserts. They can be small, simple and healthy. There are too many people who think they are virtuous by avoidance of desserts, but who don't eat a balanced diet.