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Heidi Klum bribes her kids to eat healthy

By Nardine Saad

Los Angeles Times


The supermodel, who recently revealed that she loves "a good hamburger and French fries," is sharing one of her parenting methods that's sure to get quite a few moms up in arms.

One of Klum's New Year's resolutions is having lasting effects on her four children: Leni, 8, Henry, 7, Johan, 6 and Lou, 3.

"I've never really done a real diet. My New Year's resolution for 2013 was to start every day with a fresh juice," Klum, 39, told the UK's Daily Mail. "We make an effort every morning -- we peel pineapples, apples, lemons, bananas, kiwis, ginger and berries and we make delicious smoothies."

OK, that sounds kind of delicious, but apparently the sweet treat isn't for some of her brood.

"Some of my kids don't love it so I decided I would pay them a dollar if they finish their drink," Klum said. "All of the money goes into their piggy banks -- they have collected a bunch of money since January 1. What's good for them is good for me as well."

Enter the moral dilemma.

Now the Ministry is no parenting expert, but we do recall that some schools of thought say rewarding good behavior is better than punishment. And getting kids to eat healthy is a generations-old struggle. But is rewarding kids to do what they're supposed to be doing anyway really the best approach?

Monetary rewards have always been a hot button issue when talking about child-rearing. But perhaps something can be said for Klum having her kids save their money, which could teach them a thing or two about managing their finances. So maybe the "America's Got Talent" judge is on to something?

But what do we know. With genes like Heidi's, we think these kids are going to be just fine.


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