Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Yes, your kids like broccoli

Well, they might. I hear a lot about children only liking certain fried foods and that they won't eat anything else. As a former stubborn child with an equally stubborn mother, these are some of the ways that she got me to eat what I "didn't" want. This was also verified by listening to my girlfriend, Christa, who is a nanny and "Child Whisperer."

1. YOU control the supply lines.

You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them. Yes, your kids will pester you for less nutritious foods. Just remember you’re in charge!

2. Kids need to have some say in the matter.

Make sure that the choices they have are nutritious ones. From the selections YOU offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want.

3. End the "clean-plate club."

Let them stop eating when they feel they've had enough. This teaches your children to respond to feelings of being full and prevents overeating

4. Remember drink calories.

Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water is the best drink for kids.

5. Kids do as you do.

You are your child’s biggest role model. To teach good eating habits, set the best example possible. Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don't skip meals.

6. Limit TV and computer time.

When you do, you'll avoid mindless snacking and encourage activity. When TV and computer time are limited, kids will find more active things to do. And when the whole family limits "screen time," you'll have more time to be active together.

Remember this: No one will let themselves starve! Yes, children can be very stubborn. Chicken fingers and french fries are poor substitutes for food. The biggest reason I've noticed that children eat poorly is because they are hesitant to try something different. Your children deserve the best so they can grow. Give it to them.

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