Food says love
Why do parents get confused between feeding our children and loving them?
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24 (Shawn Benjamin)

My grandmother dished up love with lashings of fatty gravy. There was also a secret stash of sweets in her drawer, and an endless supply of sugary, delectable homemade ginger beer.

As a mother who was once obese, I am painfully aware of the need to give my children what I never had - a normal relationship with food. I rejoice in their normal weight and healthy, energetic bodies. But I get anxious if they seem to be missing a nutritional step along the way.

From the first time we give our children a breastfeed or a bottle, we begin to worry. And when toddlers start making their own food choices, meals can turn into a battle of wills.

When I blogged about lunch boxes last week, the flurry of comments reminded me that we're all very aware of what our kids are eating, and we try so hard to get it right.

Here is some interesting reading about kids and food:

Change your food attitude
Food is a parenting issue
Have mealtimes become food fights?

And some cute and cool food ideas:

Funky kids food
Summer yummies for toddlers
Plus some ideas for what to feed studying students

Do you struggle with a fussy eater? Or is food a beautiful part of your family life? Your food story could win you a R250 voucher from

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