There are so many things to take care of when your children are at stake – how they behave, how they eat, how they sleep and everything in between constantly asks for your attention. Every aspect of raising children requires a lot of energy and patience and seeing that you’re shaping a human being, the pressure is on too.
However, you shouldn’t stress over the future, but focus on the present moment and how you can help your kids develop in a healthy environment. Nurturing good eating habits isn’t that difficult if you start from an early age, and we’ll give you some guidelines how you can inspire your little ones to eat well without pressuring them to do so.
What Kind of an Example Do You Set?
It’s grand to talk about how you want your kids to know and understand the importance of eating healthy, but you need to put your money where your mouth is. Even if you’re not used to eating super healthy, now that you want to set an example, you will have to start with yourself. You know very well that kids always strive to be like their parents, and when they see you truly taking care of what you’re consuming on a regular basis, it will come natural to them to do the same. This is probably the most important piece of advice anyone can give you – if you’re prone to emotional eating, are constantly trying to keep a diet or snack on sweets, you can’t really expect your little ones to do better. This is why it’s important to teach yourself to eat and live healthy too, and that genuine view on life will then naturally transfer to your kids as well.
Innovate in the Kitchen
If you constantly bring out the same old dishes, you can be sure that kids won’t be thrilled, no matter how much they love your cooking. That is why we invite you to spice things a bit, include new products into your cooking, explore different cuisines and experiment with new, interesting ways of serving meals. Sometimes all you need is good presentation of kale to make eating it much more bearable, especially when the kids are young. Even when you’ve got a lazy family night and you order food in, choose good delivery services that will provide you with high-quality meals that match home cooked ones. You can splurge on a pizza every once in a while, just don’t let it turn into a routine.
Healthy Food Everywhere
When you’ve got sweets and sodas lying around all over the house, but you don’t allow your kids to have them, they won’t see it as a temptation to resist, they will see it as a challenge to rise to. That is why it’s vital to clean your house from all processed and sugary food that in no way benefits healthy development of your little ones. Instead, make sure that there’s always fruit in the house, as well as healthy and nutritional snacks that will replace the much desired junk food. Surrounding your kids with healthy food leaves them no choice but to give it a try, and sooner or later, they will find things they like. Don’t let them choose between a chocolate bar and an orange, they will always go for the chocolate. Ask them if they want an apple or an orange, that way whatever they choose will be good for them.
Mind Your Tongue
Do not, and we repeat, do not pressure your kids into eating all the veggies on the plate or else… This kind of pressure and negative food talk will lead nowhere and children will only be more resistant to the whole idea of eating healthy. Mind your tongue and constantly serve hearty and healthy recipes, your kids will eventually accept it and your actions will have much more success than your words.
Keeping your kids healthy is a 24/7 hard work, but implementing good habits will make your life easier later on. Try out these tips and you’ll definitely see some positive results. – Theresa Brawner
Theresa Brawner is a 28-year-old fitness instructor from Boston, MA, who writes articles for www.diet.st. in her free time. When she isn’t helping new moms get back in shape, you can find her in the kitchen, working on new recipes.