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What parenting has taught me about doctoring

Last year, my high school aged son took an interest in healthy eating. He began examining nutrition labels and scrutinizing the foods that we routinely keep around the house and came up with a list of criticisms and suggestions — some well-founded, and others a bit extreme. At first, my wife and I were quick to debate him on certain choices like eliminating any breakfast cereal that has enough sugar not to taste like cardboard, but our eating chasm just widened, our advice was ignored, and he became more resolute in his views. Once we showed genuine interest in and openness to his ideas, he relaxed a bit, and we began to enjoy our family meals together much more. And we did not have...

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