How the French Teach Their Kids to Love Food But Not Overeat (Quartz)

Dinner partyThe French take great delight in eating, a pleasure that serves as a compass of sorts, guiding them to good actions, according to a University of Texas professor who has studied French parenting.

To teach children about this concept, the French focus on the “education of the palette,” helping kids appreciate and savor a variety of flavors and to eat without distraction and with others. This education is reinforced at daycare centers, where toddlers are served four-course lunches. A comparative study found that when American parents talked to their children at the dinner table, they spoke about food in nutritional and moral terms.

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