Heidi Klum Pays Her Kids To Eat Healthy – Is This A Good Idea? [Poll]
Supermodel Heidi Klum has created a tizzy in the child care world when she recently revealed in a Daily Mail interview that she pays her kids to eat healthy foods.
The "Project Runway" judge said that she makes fruit smoothies for her four children every morning, and while some of her kids enjoy them, others take a bit more motivation.
"Some of my kids don't love it so I decided I would pay them a dollar if they finish their drink," Klum said in an article in the UK’s Daily Mail. "All of the money goes into their piggy banks; they have collected a bunch of money since January 1. What's good for them is good for me as well."
The use of monetary bribes to encourage picky eaters to make healthy choices is generally frowned upon by child health experts; though a reward based strategy can be beneficial, according to Dr. Karyn Gordon, a relationship and family expert.
Bribe — I think has a lot of, it’s got a very negative connotation especially with children … If they’re picky eaters, I think it’s a great strategy to focus on the foods that they do like that are healthy for them, and at the same time making it non-negotiable that they do have to be eating other foods that are also healthy for them. - Dr. Karyn Gondon
However you decide to motivate your kids to eat better, Dr. Gordon recommends to keep reintroducing foods to children as they grow, as tastes change over time.
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