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You remember them in diapers. You recall their first words. You cherish the days when they were innocent, loving, and eager for your hugs. Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to remember that your children are now teenagers or (where did the time go?) actual adults.
Good nutrition begins in infancy, and is the basis of lifelong health. Healthy eating can stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods, yet kids are bombarded by messages that can counteract parents’ efforts.
One-third of all kids -- including 24 percent of 2- to 4-year-olds -- are now overweight or obese, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In an age when the most common vegetable eaten by toddlers is a french fry, experts say that the way we are feeding our children is laying the groundwork for a lifetime of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems.
Not long ago, the idea that a preschooler could be a bully seemed crazy to me. But my outlook changed when my son Nicky was 4. A bruiser of a boy in his class would chase girls around the classroom and pinch them for fun. He frequently punched and smacked kids, and I once saw him kick a child who was playing with a wagon he wanted.