Setting Limits for Kids

  1. Order water at restaurants. Ask for lemon and lots if ice.
  2. If you order soft drinks at restaurants, don’t get refills. You can easily add 300 calories with one refill of a large drink.
  3. Come up with a limit you’re comfortable with and stick to it. Some families say “one sweet drink a day”, others say “one a week” other say “on special occasions only”. Little known secret: kids actually like limits (at some level!). It makes them feel safe to know that someone is looking out for them.
  4. Role model drinking water often and sweet drinks only occasionally.
  5. Don’t bring a lot of sweet drinks in the house. Kids will drink what’s in front of them.

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