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I am newly married, and suddenly a mother of 3! They are 4, 6, and 9. They do not touch anthing remotely nutritious! They have been living with their grandparents for the past 2 years and seem to have gotten to eat whatever they want. They all seem to constantly have runny noses, and the 6 year old has chronic asthma. Any suggestions?: :
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Do they like fruit?

Do you think they would take a chewable supplement?

My daughter was the same way, I got her to take a chewable fruits and veggies supplement. I call it her "fruits and veggies" She asks for it every morning at breakfast and every night at dinner.
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Dss also ate badly when I came along (along with SO as well, he couldn't cook, so they all just ate fast food a majority of the time)...

So, I cook, and just cooked what I would normally feed DD and myself. I took note of the things dss liked, and tried to have those on hand for him. I let him try lots of different stuff, and worked from there.
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They won't eat anything unless it comes out of a box. I've thought about supplements, but do you think they can make a difference? I mean, aren't they basically candy???
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How long have you been a step mom? Does it get easier??? My kids always seem to think I should do things like grandma does. This seems harder than I signed up for.
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They won't eat anything unless it comes out of a box. I've thought about supplements, but do you think they can make a difference? I mean, aren't they basically candy???

Well, that is the trick - this one tastes like a sweet tart but has mega research to back it up. Actually my ND suggested it to me. It's called Juice Plus. Check out this web-site. Juice Plus+
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Dss was similar, but that's the options we gave him. Here's the dinner, and you don't HAVE to eat any of it, but that's what we have, and we're not gonna go making 5 different dinners (we can't afford to honestly). He wasn't happy about that, but it helped honestly.

And believe it or not, he eats MUCH better now (been 11 months), and even just looks healthier.

We never tried supplements, but were considering it if it came down to it. We wanted to try first with helping him to eat better.
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What is an ND?
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How long have you been a step mom? Does it get easier??? My kids always seem to think I should do things like grandma does. This seems harder than I signed up for.
Dss still occasionally thinks I should do things how grandma does them, but he quickly learns I'm not grandma, and I do things different.

We've been living together for 11 months now (in a relationship for almost 3 years), and it's taken a while, but now he gets excited over some of the dinners I cook, and even requests them.

It's hard, but I do think it gets easier.
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I'm checking out that web site. BRB
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What is an ND?
Naturopathic Doctor
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It's hard, but I do think it gets easier.

I hope so. I have been raising my sisters kids for a few days now. My sister is severely ill and my brother in law is in denial. So I may end up having her kids for a long time.
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So, they are the actual fruits and veggies?

MOMBIRTHMOMSTEPMOM,
we've been married 2 months. dated for 8 months. Things are moving really fast. Grandma and Grandpa live in Omaha, we're in the Denver area. My husband is a great guy, works a lot. Helps at home as much as he can, but I'm with the kids most of the time.

four corners, You're in Colorado??
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I hope so. I have been raising my sisters kids for a few days now. My sister is severely ill and my brother in law is in denial. So I may end up having her kids for a long time.
I'm sorry! It must be harder going into parenting someone else's children under such circumstances! :

It's gotten easier for me, although we had to go through a couple VERY rough patches to get to this point, and honestly, I know it can get even better too...

Hang in there!
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Thank you
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MOMBIRTHMOMSTEPMOM,
we've been married 2 months. dated for 8 months. Things are moving really fast. Grandma and Grandpa live in Omaha, we're in the Denver area. My husband is a great guy, works a lot. Helps at home as much as he can, but I'm with the kids most of the time.
OUCH! How rough to be pretty much a full-time care-taker to children you've only been in the lives of for 8 months! That's gotta be hard on you, AND the kids...

During the summer I'm full-time care-taker to dss (he's 9, in school the rest of the time), and that was HARD, very hard for us both. Neither of us were ready for me to be the full-time care-taker.

If at all possible, I'd suggest asking your DH if there's anyway you can get some help during the day/week. It was easier for me AND dss, when we'd get breaks from each other here and there. Afterall, we're still building our relationship... It takes a while...
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When we were dating he didn't have the kids!! His folks were helping him out because he lost his first wife to breast cancer. They are still pretty much a family in crisis. We're dealing with a lot of issues, it seems. I just thought that if I could improve their nutrition somewhat, it would help to lay a better foundation for coping with a lot of the other stuff.
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One thing at a time, right?

Good luck!
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Newstepmama,

yes, I'm in Colorado - I'm just outside of Durango
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Thanks
I appreciate the encouragement. Some of my friends think I'm a little crazy at this point.
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Breast cancer is horrible. My mom's best friend died of it at 36.
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I've never been down to Durango. I'm saving that web site. I'll have to discuss it with my husband. His blood pressure has been higher than it should be. I'd like to check into it for him, too, but it seems a bit expensive.
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That's what I thought too, when I first checked out Juice Plus. I just put my sisters kids on it for free through the children's research foundation. My kids weren't eligeble for it because the children have to be between 6 and 16.
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You would love Durango, well I do. I grew up in Denver - where are you at?
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So, my 6 year old and 9 year old could get it for free? I didn't see anything about that at the website. What do I have to do to do that? The Juice Plus looks really good, being actual fruits and vegetables. What do you think about the Juice Plus Gummies? Which ones do your kids take?
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Yes. But there needs to be an adult on Juice Plus for each child to subsidize your childrens supplements. You can't order it online for the research program, however if you want to e-mail me I can give you some more info. It's christianson@mydurango.net. I think this could really help. At least add a foundation of nutrition will never hurt. Good luck!
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What do you think about the Juice Plus Gummies? Which ones do your kids take?
My kids took the gummies for a while - but they do have corn syrup in them so I switched them to the chewables. The chewables are awsome and sweetened with fructose only.
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A trick though that I found to work is one that was listed in Mothering this summer. Where you dice up kale and freeze it, then add it to everything and it becomes invissable nutrition!
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A trick though that I found to work is one that was listed in Mothering this summer. Where you dice up kale and freeze it, then add it to everything and it becomes invissable nutrition!
I've done this with spinach
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I am so glad that we discovered it! They are not getting sick as much, and just knowing what we're doing as far as prevention, makes me feel so much better when they don't eat that great... even though I try.

We are doing the Children's Research thing. Plus, my husband and I are on the vineyard blend. My husbands blood pressure and cholesterol levels came down after being on both for about 6 months. I wish I could get my parents to take it. I may just break down and buy it for them. It would be worth it to me if they were healthier, for longer...
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