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Should you reward children with food?

Does making children eat all their dinner to get dessert work, or just leave them with an unhealthy relationship with food? Dietitian Konsita Kuswara provides advice on rewarding or punishing children with food and the impact on their behaviour and preferences.

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Connecting children with food and nature

Educator and author Natalie McKinnon missed out on the joy of kitchen gardens and chicken runs as a child, but through books and workshops is encouraging children to understand the relationship between nature, food, their health and the environment.

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Healthy eating sets families up for life

Managing fussy eaters is one of the biggest frustrations of families. As a parent, you want your child to be healthy and happy and when they only want to eat jam sandwiches, you worry they aren’t getting the nutrients they need for optimal growth.

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Living with children’s food allergies

When Katrina Roe’s daughter was three years old and heading to a friend’s birthday party, her mother was astonished to hear her daughter say that she hated parties. Her food allergies left her feeling isolated and removed from her friends and the festivities.

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Look I’m a Cook! Kids in the kitchen

We know that children need to maintain a balanced diet to grow up healthy and strong and meet the high energy needs of their growing bodies. Involving them in the kitchen and as they get older, learning to cook with them can be a worthwhile adventure.

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A nutritionist’s 8 top tips for parents

Nutritionist, author and mother of two Honor Tremain knows just how hair-tearingly frustrating the whole "food thing" can be for parents. The key, she says, is to keep it simple - a diet based on fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, healthy grains and legumes.

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Food allergies and intolerances in babies

Babies are more likely to develop allergies if there's a history of eczema, asthma, hay fever or food allergies in the family. When you start introducing solids, introduce foods that can trigger allergic reactions one at a time to monitor reactions.

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Starting your baby's first solid foods

Every baby is an individual, but there are three clear signs that, together, show your baby is ready for solid foods alongside breast milk or formula. It's very rare for these signs to appear together before your baby is six months old. Discover the signs.

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