Updated: February 02, 2012

The other night as my family and I were eating dinner, my 4-year-old son poked his fork into a green bean and asked: "How many calories are in this?" I was shocked. My husband and I try to talk to him about the importance of eating healthy foods and taking care of your body, but obviously all of my calorie-counting has made an impression on him. And while my first thought was, "Thank goodness he's a boy and probably will never develop an eating disorder," I still didn't like hearing him even mention calories. I want to be a good role model for my son, so while I'm still going to stress that he finishes his vegetables before having dessert, I'm not going to bring up my own diet around him anymore.



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