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Teach the Children Good Eating Habits

Posted On : Jun-04-2010 | seen (751) times | Article Word Count : 606 |

It is not so easy to meet the little ones' expectations when it comes to food. First of all they have different taste than adults. Another thing is that sometimes they decide they don't like something before they even try it. With a little bit of effort and knowing some smart methods we are able to create or change our children's eating habits.
Mothers of small children very often complain that their kids either don't want to eat at all or want to eat only unhealthy things. It is not so easy to meet the little ones' expectations when it comes to food. First of all they have different taste than adults. Another thing is that sometimes they decide they don't like something before they even try it. With a little bit of effort and knowing some smart methods we are able to create or change our children's eating habits.

Even before our children grow enough to eat with us at the table they observe our way of eating. They watch and learn, just like with everything else. That is why we should pay attention to our eating habits and the quality of the food we eat so that the child sees what is right. When our child gets big enough to eat the same meals as we do they will gladly eat whatever we offer them because that's the food they somehow know already. When we have pizza or fat burger for every meal we can be sure our child will want this kind of food too. But if we don't have it at home then the kid won't even know that this kind of food exists. Even if they see it one day on the street or at the birthday party somewhere they won't eat it because children usually don't eat things they don't know.

The same thing is with sweets. If we don't eat them every day and we don't have them at home then our child won't feel the need to eat them either. They might try it from time to time in kindergarten or at school but they will also do without them easily. But if we have a routine to eat sweets every day after lunch for example then our child will get used to that and makes it it's habit that is later very hard to quit. Some parents give sweets to their children as a reward for something they did or to encourage them to do something. This is a very bad method because it gives a child the signal that sweets are something special and more important than other food. Children that are bribed like this may become obese as teenagers.

A very smart method is 'the method of substitutes'. Learn to offer your child things in different versions, colours and variations. Let's say that your child doesn't accept cooked potatoes. Try mashed potatoes instead and if it doesn't work then try the baked ones. If they say they don't like red tomatoes than try giving them the green ones. Keep on trying different things until you find the ones your child likes. It might take some time but it's really worth it. This method also works when your child loves something that is not necessarily healthy. Instead of the children's favourite rolls suggest them pita bread. It tastes good and has fewer calories. Instead of sweet cereals try giving them something that contains less sugar and add some honey to make it sweet enough.

You must remember that you have power here and this fight has to be won for your child's good. Have patience and try to be smart in the kitchen. Your child won't taste the difference between skimmed and semi skimmed milk. They won't find out that you gave them the low carb bread sandwich. But they will learn to accept the taste of healthy food and you will be sure they grow up properly and become strong adults.

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