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Montreal Families

Fostering a healthy relationship with food

Food can be a tricky topic when it comes to educating our kids. Clare Lord, founder and executive director of WISE Philosophy, will be hosting a free workshop called “The Top 10 Mistakes that All Smart Parents Make with Kids and Food.”

WISE is a community outreach program offering support for emotional eaters. The presentation will shed light on what and when we should be feeding our children, what to do when children refuse or favour certain foods, how to avoid guilt-tripping our children into eating, and more.

“It is less about teaching kids (and parents) about food,” says Lord, the former executive director at Quebec’s anorexia and bulimia association, ANEB, “and more about helping parents help their children create a healthy relationship with food so that they don’t end up overweight and on the dieting treadmill.”

The takeaway? If parents learn to develop a balanced attitude towards food, their children, too, will benefit in the long run.

“We learn our ideas about food and eating directly from our parents, and our children from us,” Lord says. “If they are preoccupied with their or your body image – and by extension, food choices – they come to believe that it is normal to have these types of concerns and begin to develop an unhealthy relationship with food, eating and their bodies.”

The workshop takes place Sept. 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Beaconsfield Library.

For more information, call 514-618-7336 or visit wisephilosophy.ca.

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