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-=-Smoking is bad for the body. Huffing paint is bad for the body. -=-

Yes. No twinkie is as bad as either of those.
Those aren't food.

My children (my teens) have done neither of those, though we never told them
not to. Giving honest information without sensation or judgmental language
has worked wondrously well for lots of families. It increases the parents'
credibility if their information is factual without being all pre-labelled
with "healthy" and "crap" and "wrong" and "ideal." Sure some of that
information will be apparent to kids, but hoping toe just "teach" kids what is good
and bad and having them believe it because the parents said so is
problematical if a family's priorities and principles involve helping kids figure those
things out in personal and natural ways.


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