Let it be
It may surprise parents, but children know very well what’s good for them; they use their parent’s example as a guide. When parents aren’t addicted to sugar, neither are their children.
Parents provide the model; they educate and chart the course. When children are offered a richly varied diet, they’ll help themselves.
Parents decide what groceries to buy and how they’ll be served; the child decides what, of that, he’ll eat without the parents asking, begging, or forcing him to.
“Let it be” means this: you offer your child good food, and she’ll get to know what good food is in her own time. What she doesn’t eat today, she can discover tomorrow.
By the way, children don’t need a “kid’s menu,” an extra serving of milk, or any so-called “suitable for children” processed foods. Food marketed to children can’t give them what they really need: good-quality, natural food, cooked with love and eaten happily.
Really, it’s simple: just like cigarette advertising, advertising sweet food to children should be made illegal. You can support initiatives against marketing for “children’s food”: learn more at Foodwatch and Greenpeace.