Out with any thought about dieting your child. In with thoughts about making household changes to everything around food and eating.
Give the grocery lists, pantry staples, fridge fillers, crockery, and dining zones a makeover.
Is your child a little chubby, perhaps overweight or maybe obese? Have you checked with a doctor, dietitian or school nurse?
Maybe your child is a healthy weight and you simply want to guard against a weight problem being passed down the family tree from you to the kids?
How much food does a kid need to keep growing tall yet slim down the excess chubby fat? Why be concerned about your children if they are overweight?
If your child is overweight, there is no need to start a 'diet'. In fact, starting your child on a special 'diet' is an unhealthy approach.
What you do need to do is change a few things in the child's current diet, the food and drink in a typical day and week.
Measure each child's growth (weight and height) and then check the growth chart to see if where your child's growth sits. Use this free web calculator to see if your child is overweight or not.
Speak with your doctor and Accredited Practising Dietitian. Take "this=that child size" in when you go and, if necessary, your child's dietitian will be able to fine-tune your child's eating plan even further.
It is usually best for parents to get continued advice without the child present.
After all, turning your child's health and weight around is nothing to do with dieting but more to do with different household choices. And adults are in control of the shopping and what gets served at home.