In many households, one person is in charge of food shopping. That person has lots of power. "They lay the groundwork for healthy eating habits," says registered nurse Babs Benson, director of the weight management program at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Va. To do the job well:
– Get rid of your own misconceptions. Whole-wheat bread and low-fat ice cream might have tasted like cardboard and mush when you were a child, but many products have greatly improved.
– Avoid open-ended choices. Instead of asking, "What do you want to eat?" offer two or three nutritious options. Encourage variety and new items.
– Don't reward...