Only bad moms serve their kids this.......

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Only bad moms serve their kids this.......
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Fri, 05-20-2011 - 8:35am

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Sat, 05-28-2011 - 11:30pm

I agree that many kids don't like plain milk because they've never been expected to drink it. I remember lots of kids choosing flavored milk over white milk when I was teaching. The truth is, the strawberry milk served by our school was worse than the chocolate as far as calories and sugar. It really is as bad for kids as a soda. I think the fat, calories and sugar cancel out the benefits of the milk at that point. You may be able to shop around and find more nutritious brands though. As a picky eater myself, I do understand that some kids truly have trouble eating and drinking outside of their comfort zone, but that is no excuse for a diet of sugary drinks and Doritos. My mom always expected that I try a few bites of what she was serving for supper but often made a small amount for me that was a modified recipe. For example, if she was making a stir fry, she would hold out a little of the rice just for me instead of mixing it all in with the vegetables. I had to eat a little of the meat and veggies, but my main course was the plain rice. If she made beans and cornbread, I could just have the cornbread and a glass of milk. She rarely put out a lot of effort and always expected me to try foods

Manda :)

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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 1:02pm

I'm inclined to agree a bit with you.

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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 1:17pm
That is crazy! Ours run around 700-800 calories and while the fat and salt is higher than I would like but they do use whole wheat buns/ bread and nothing is fried. They are trying to do a healthier take on "kid" food. I don't stress over it too much because my oldest is under weight (small bones & high metabolism) and DS#2 never stops moving so he burns it all off. But yeah, I hate seeing all the over weight kids in their classes. And the other part that bugs me is the kids don't see them as overweight, that is becoming normal. I'm not even sure how it came up but one of the boys in DS#1 class is very overweight and DH asked if any of the boys in his class were fat and DS said no... He's 9 and I would think by that age they would be aware of weight differences.
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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 2:04pm
Banana milk is a hit around here, too. Quick makes a banana powder, and a very little goes a long way. Tossing a banana into the blender with milk, like Tulip said, is really good too. We like to do fruit smoothies in the summer, so the blender will be coming back out again.

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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 10:44pm

My older son drinks milk no problem, but he does get chocolate milk every once in a while as a treat.

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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 8:35am

If your child doesn't drink milk adding a tiny bit of flavor isn't going to hurt.

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Tue, 06-07-2011 - 3:34pm
My personal take is give them the chocolate, they are still getting the vitamins and calcium. Personally I don't drink cow's milk, not plain or flavored you can get just much more out of the soy/almond or rice milks they have out there, I see no reason to drink milk from a cow...it's for calves LOL! Not saying anyone who does drink it is wrong or shouldn't my take is to each their own, and my children DO drink it, but if they didn't want to I wouldn't have a fit over it I'd just switch things up for them ;)
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Wed, 06-08-2011 - 1:24pm

I hate milk. With a passion. But, osteoporosis runs in the family so I work hard to get calcium in my daily diet. Yogurt, cheese, but no milk. Luckily, my kids like milk, but one of them is not so fond so I provide chocolate milk. It's better than stuffing him with cheese so he gets constipated and he's not a yogurt fan. If he gets chocolate milk, I watch where I'm giving him sugar the rest of the day. If someone told me I couldn't give him it, I'd have an issue. My child, my parenting. Other people judging is ridiculous when there's so many bigger things to worry about.

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Wed, 06-08-2011 - 11:27pm
Have you tried almond milk? It has 40% more calcium and you can get it with vanilla and chocolate flavors. It's good stuff!
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Sat, 06-11-2011 - 9:43pm

Life is all about balance.

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