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I personally haven't given birth to children, but being the third in a family of 11, I certainly got an opportunity to practice some motherly duties whilst a mere child myself.

Many of my clients have children, and it's always a thrill for me when I can get them not only to eat their veggies, but coming back for more. One of my clever kid clients would make a deal with me that she'll eat her veggies if I eat a Big Mac—she got me there!

I had one cooking assignment for a family in Spain whose 6-year-old son was having some behavioral problems and difficulty concentrating in school. Some tests revealed he was allergic to wheat, dairy products, sugar and tomatoes—ingredients that are staples in almost every child's diet.

What's a parent to do when faced with such a dilemma? Unfortunately, flying in a personal chef for your 6-year-old is not an option for most parents. After a month on his new diet, the child's transformation was dramatic. He became much calmer, and his teachers noted he was focused and paying attention in class—they were so impressed that they started to include healthier options for the other children in the school.

This child is not an exception. Many of the foods that are staples for children are at the root of a host of health and behavioral issues. The question is what to do about it and how to get children not only to tolerate healthy foods, but to want to eat them.

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