"Strict Mom" Sheryl Crow Bribes Her Kids -- Amen!

I may not have an impossibly toned 49-year-old body or be a Grammy Award-winning rock star, but at least I can parent my kids like Sheryl Crow. The folksy fox told People that even though she's a "strict mom" who isn't afraid to invoke a time out for bad behavior, she embraces bribery when it comes to getting her kids to eat healthy food. “I’m all about bribery when it comes to my little kids eating, particularly my 4-year-old,” the musician admitted. “‘If you’ll try this, Wyatt, you can have some of this.’ That’s how we do it.”

That's how we all do it, even though experts say that using food as a reward can lead to eating problems and years of therapy down the road. Let's face it, for many of us, the promise of dessert is the only reason that broccoli gets eaten and that chicken doesn't end up in the trash. But somehow it feels just a little better knowing that celeb parents face the same challenges -- and that their spawn think their moms are meanies, too.

Not coincidentally, Crow recently released a new cookbook cleverly titled If It Makes You Healthy. (Get it? If it makes you happy?) While it’s not necessarily a sneak-in-some-greens guide a la Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious, the cancer survivor’s recipe collection features lots of exotic, healthy dishes that kids might even like. If they don’t, there’s always “I guess I’ll have to eat all the brownies myself.”

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