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Ask Rosalind: Teen and Tween Health and Puberty Questions

Q. Our family is pretty strict about healthy eating, and I recently found junk food wrappers in my 10-year-old daughter's room. What do you advise?

A. Junk food isn't the issue here. The problem is she feels she has to conceal it. When kids sneak food it means you've got a control war—always a no-win situation. So say to your daughter: "I found a bunch of wrappers in your closet. I don't want you to feel you have to hide food. What's going on?" Then listen and reach a compromise. Maybe you and your daughter can find more appealing (to her) recipes to prepare together. And consider lightening up a little—high-quality chocolate eaten in moderation can be one of life's great joys.

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