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Parenting With Playdate Planet

Meryl Neiman

Parenting With Playdate Planet – How to Raise a Healthy Eater

On this week’s show, we explore one of parenting’s greatest challenges: how to get your child to enjoy a healthy, varied diet. My guest is Dr. Jennifer Gardner, a pediatrician and mom with a special interest in pediatric nutrition, fitness, weight management, and pediatric obesity. She founded an online child wellness and pediatric weight management company called Healthy Kids Company and her advice may surprise you.

She explains:

Why children become picky eaters and how to avoid that problem
Why food restricting is never a good idea
How to integrate sweets and treats into a healthy diet
Why certain words like “fattening” should not be used with children
How to avoid becoming a short order cook

What do you think? What are your favorite healthy eating tips? Send me a tweet at @PlaydatePlanet. Do you have any ideas for future show topics or guests or feedback on previous shows? I would love to hear from you! Drop me a line at