Eating habits is considered as a learned behavior. This means that training your kids to eat healthier foods early in life will help them to stick to a healthy diet through their adult years.
Today, more and more people rely on fast foods and instant meals just because it is faster and easier than cooking meals from scratch. Being busy is not enough reason to sacrifice your child’s nutrition. Teach your kids to eat healthier meals with the use of the following tips.
Make meal time special
Take time to savor your meals and treat each meal time as a special time to sit down and talk to each member of your family. We understand that a lot of people may find it difficult to go home in time for dinner, but it’s possible.
Be a good role model
Most parents would complain about their kids refusing to eat healthy meals, but the real problem usually lies on the parents, not the kids.
A lot of people are so accustomed in buying prepared foods or eating out that they no longer know what healthy meals are anymore. You can’t stock the pantry with chips, soda and cereals and expect the kids to eat their veggies. You have to be a good role model first and be sure to practice what you preach.
As much as we would like the kids to eat healthier meals, allowing them to enjoy treats like doughnuts or chips once a week won’t do any damage. Moderation is the key. You can allow the kids to eat a cookie everyday but make sure to balance it with healthy foods.
Don’t use foods as bribe, reward or punishment
There is nothing wrong with taking kids out for ice cream after their soccer game, but make sure not to use it as an incentive for playing a good game. On the other hand, don’t punish your child for not eating their food. This may result to a negative relationship between the child and food, not to mention your relationship with your child.