Making your kids eat healthily is not as easy as it seems. It is one of the greatest headaches parents have to deal with. They can sometimes be picky when it comes to food or completely refuse to listen. However, eating healthy is essential when growing up. So, what should you do? Are there any good tips to make your children eat healthily? There sure are!
Speak with them about good eating habits
Spend some time with your family and discuss some good food choices. Explain why you think that way, and why it is so important to eat healthy in order to grow up strong. Even if your children don’t understand you the first time – it’s ok. Keep mentioning it, and they will develop a sense of what to eat and what to avoid. And, remember – do not become the food police. Forcing is never an option.
Create a schedule
Small children need to eat a meal once every four or so hours. During the day, they need to have three normal meals, along with snacks and drinks from time to time. Breaking the cycle by not eating half the day or eating far too often could have some consequences. The important thing is following the schedule and maintaining balance – even during travels. You can try to introduce different meals every week and let your kids be the judges. Eventually, you will find those few healthy, tasty dishes everyone loves. Giving a large number of choices will definitely lead to better food habits.
Never use food as a reward
This is the easiest way of creating bad eating habits. Reward good behavior with games, fun surprises, perhaps a trip outside, but not food. While the kids are growing up, they will eventually learn how to make the right choices themselves.
Do some research about how your kids can eat healthily
There are countless books in the libraries, or blogs online. Doctors or parents often share their secrets to maintaining healthy eating habits. Spend some time searching for and collecting useful information. A great idea would be to show your kid either a picture book, or a long infographic with images of vegetables, fruits, and other healthy meals.
Children adore these types of books and will have fun while learning what the good food choices are. An even better idea would be to get one of the drawing books. Combine reading, learning, and having fun at the same time.
At our family daycare Carroll Gardens center, we take eating habits seriously
Here, at our family daycare Carroll Gardens center, we take our responsibilities seriously. We make sure the kids eat healthy and timely meals. Consistency is important, and we won’t spare any resource. If you are searching for Cobble Hill daycare – you are in luck, as it is our second location.