Say Yes to Kids Now to Avoid Issues Later

If you are a mom or dad, you know how many questions children ask throughout the day. Some of the questions I got yesterday from a few of my seven kids included:

Question from 7-year-old: “Mom, do you think that God could change the sky to black and white at once?”

My answer: “Yes, if He wanted.”


Question from 24-year-old (via text, of course): “Mom, could you call the church and see if we are confirmed for the wedding?”

My answer: “Yes.” And in case you were wondering the answer, we are confirmed so I guess she is really getting married.


Question from 18-year-old: “Mom, why don’t we have any food around here?”

My answer: “There is a pantry full of food – just not junk food.” (This is a common exchange between us!)


Question from 12-year-old: “Mom, will you make an apple pie for dessert?”

My answer: “Not a pie, but we can make baked apple slices.”


The questions come all day long and I try and say yes (or have an acceptable alternative) whenever I can because I know that the “No’s” in life often outweigh the “Yes’s.”

I live by this philosophy when it comes to food choices. Because children are children, they want the junk. They see it on television, they touch it in the grocery store, their friends munch on it, and most families in America have a lot of junk food in their homes.

Boys Slicing Baked Apple

Take last night for example. When my 12-year-old (the one in the middle) asked about the apple pie, I knew that wasn’t going to happen. For one thing, I didn’t have a dessert scheduled and for another thing, I didn’t feel like making one! However, in the spirit of compromise, I told him a conditional “No.”  [Read More…]

More From Diane

Baked Apple SlicesT

Baked Apple Slices: Healthy and Simple

If your family loves apple pie but you hate to make them or are trying to save a few calories, baked apple slices are a terrific alternative. My boys (and girls) love to make baked apple slices. It’s so simple they can do it themselves with a minimum of supervision. Of course they do not   Continue Reading…

Not Hiring Obese Individuals

The Perception That Obese People Are Less Competent

Fat. Lazy. Fat. Incompetent. Fat. Not As Smart. Studies over the past several years have shown that the word pairs at the beginning of this post go together in many people’s minds. In fact, a study that will be published later in the Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes journal found that discrimination frequently in the   Continue Reading…

bad and good evening snacks

Does Evening Eating Get You Every Night?

Evening eating. Nighttime eating. After dinner snacking. Whatever the term you use – it can ruin your diet if you are not careful. Let’s face it. Many of us who struggle with our weight eat snacks at night that fall in the bad category rather than the good category. I do not generally like to   Continue Reading…

7 Weight Loss Tips

How Do You Make Today Different?

Do you ever wake up and swear to yourself that today will be different? Do you promise yourself that today will be the day you will keep your hand out of proverbial cookie jar and quit guzzling sodas? Do you recommit to avoiding chocolate and skipping your traditional drive-thru lunch? Do you promise today will   Continue Reading…

Do Parents Need Help?

Who Should Tell Parents Their Kids Are Overweight?

In Florida, mom Laura Cacdad got a letter from her daughter’s school nurse telling her that she needed to get her daughter’s health assessed. When Cacdad called the school, the nurse told her that her daughter’s BMI was too high according to state standards. Because her daughter was able to read the letter, she then asked   Continue Reading…

Recent Recipes

Baked Apple SlicesT

Baked Apple Slices: Healthy and Simple

If your family loves apple pie but you hate to make them or are trying to save a few calories, baked apple slices are a terrific alternative. My boys (and girls) love to make baked apple slices. It’s so simple they can do it themselves with a minimum of supervision. Of course they do not   Continue Reading…

Cumin Chicken with Black Beans

Cumin Chicken with Black Beans and Corn

We love Mexican food but I do not like going to Mexican restaurants. I never know exactly what is in the food and it is so expensive when compared to the cost of making the same thing at home. The other night I had some boneless skinless chicken I needed to use up but did   Continue Reading…

Homemade Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers

Whole Wheat Homemade Ritz Crackers

Do you have an affection for Ritz crackers but know in your heart they are not good for you? The ingredient list reads like a chemical mixture rather than a food you should eat. I have always liked the crackers but rarely buy them because I know that they have no nutritional value, are easy   Continue Reading…