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Expert advice

  1. Why should we cut down on treats?
  2. How to say “No” to treats
  3. How to break the habit of giving treats
  4. How to teach your kids life-long skills
  5. How to introduce change slowly
  6. How to stick to a plan
  7. How to make meal times easier
  8. How to give real treats
  9. Remember to celebrate success
  10. How to deal with resistance and bad temper
  11. How to cope with children pushing back
  12. How to be a role model
  13. How to get support from family and friends

Why?

A fifth of calories our children’s diets now come from unhealthy foods such as biscuits, sweets, ice-cream, cakes and crisps. Our nutrition expert Dr Aileen McGloin explains why we should reduce treats and start our kids on the way to a healthier life.


How to say “No” to treats

About 20% of what our kids eat is treat foods, yet many of us find it hard to say no. Here’s parenting expert Conor Owens with help to say “No” and start your kids on the way to a healthier life.


How to break the habit of giving treats

Are treats part of your family routine? Not sure how to change? Our parenting expert Conor Owens talks about how we can have confidence as parents to start cutting back on treats.


How to teach your kids life-long skills

Our parenting expert Conor Owens explains how we can cut down on treats and also teach our kids life-long skills.


How to introduce change slowly

Saying "No’" to treats can be tough and new habits take time. Here’s our parenting expert Anne McGuinness on how to introduce slow gradual change.


How to stick to a plan

Find it hard under pressure to stick to your plan to cut down on treats? Listen to our parenting expert Anne McGuinness’s advice on working as a family to stick to a plan.


How to make meal times easier

Are treats part of family dinner? Here our parenting expert Fiona Gallagher explains how making a plan around meal time can help cut back on treats.


How to give real treats

Sometimes it’s tempting to promise a treat but our parenting expert Fiona Gallagher explains it’s much better to give real treats not treat food.


Remember to celebrate success

It takes a hero to be the bad guy, saying "No" to treats. Our parenting expert Karen Heavey explains how important it is to celebrate your successes, big or small.


How to deal with resistance and bad temper

Find it hard to say “No” to treats when it means a fight? Our parenting expert Karen Heavey explains how to deal with resistance and bad temper.


How to cope with children pushing back

Find it hard to convince your kids to swap treats for healthy snacks? Our parenting expert Anne McGuinness gives us advice on what to do when children push back.


How to be a role model

Want to say “No” to treats but don’t want to be the bad guy? It takes a hero – that’s you. Our parenting expert Karen Heavey explains how being role models to our kids really works.


How to get support from family and friends

Trying to cut down on treats but find kids are still getting them? Our parenting expert Karen Heavey gives advise on how to enlist family support.

 

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