I'm a single mom with two teenagers, both boys, at home. I've turned our kitchen into a paleo-only space: no grains, no sweets, no junk. There was some serious resistance at first, but now they love eating this way and can really put away the meat and veggies. When I made the Big Change, I let them know that when they are at school or at friends' homes, they are free to indulge as they please.
My oldest, 15, had serious acne that couldn't be tamed prior to Paleo. Now his skin is 90% improved. When he eats pizza or candy outside the home, the next few days he has acne eruptions and grouches around the house complaining about what he ate to cause it! That one factor alone is self-correcting, ha ha! My youngest, 13, has always loved meat as his primary food source and never been much of a sweets and junk eater, so he hasn't even really noticed the changes at home.
My boys love hanging out outdoors. Once I chucked the junk in the house, they seemed to naturally spend more time outside (probably looking for junk elsewhere at first, ha ha). One thing I did to get them into a more playful physical mode was to create a big Backyard Olympics tournament for the neighborhood kids. I built an obstacle course, and created some funny "sports" - fort building with hay bales, hula hooping, speed tree climbing, and now that it's winter, snow fort building, speed snowman building etc. I can't tell you how many neighborhood kids come over every afternoon, begging me to sit outside with the stopwatch so that I can time the trials. Especially right now, during the Olympics. I think this one thing alone has had a positive physical impact in the whole neighborhood.
Do you have your children on a paleo diet? Are there things that I should be doing for my boys that I might not have considered? Care to share any fun, kid-friendly recipes? Fun playful sports activities? Let's talk about kids and paleo!