Maybe you have that one child that gladly eats whatever you put in front of him/her. If you do, you are so lucky. Chances are, though, you have at least one that will fight you tooth and nail during just about every meal. So, what do you do with that one? As much as you would like to scream and lecture, you should probably consider trying some of these 5 methods of teaching your children to eat well.
After all, you won’t want it to get to the point in which a child has to learn to eat healthy portions with hypnosis. There’s no reason you should have to seek out a hypnotist to convince your children to eat. Of course, if you need one for other reasons, like getting the rest of your life and lifestyle into a healthier state, feel free to seek out the services of the hypnotist linked to above. Try the ideas listed below before you make that commitment.
5 Strategies to Set a Good Example for Eating Practices
Kids will ultimately mirror the behaviors of their parents. So, if you snub your nose at vegetables and other healthier options, they will too. Remember, you are the leader of your home and therefore, contemplate initiating these 5 strategies to set a good example for eating practices:
- Read– That might seem a little counterintuitive, but reading books about food is a great way to educate children. You can teach them where it comes from and about the farmers that grow it. You can show them which foods are delicious and healthy at the same time. There are some really great books about food. You can learn more about them by clicking this link.
- Games- Kids are all about having fun. Thankfully, there are a number of interactive video games on the market that target children’s interest while also teaching them about food and meal making. Video games and food have actually had a lengthy relationship. In fact, the first documented video game that focused on food came out in 1983 as an arcade game. If that kind of history interests you, you will probably enjoy the Smithsonian article about it, here.
- Community Gardens– Get your kids involved in the community gardens located in your area, or start one yourself. Kids will learn sustainable practices in farming and food production. They can get involved in the growth process and learn a lot about the value of good, wholesome, food.
- Family Garden- Perhaps a community garden is asking a little much of you. That’s ok. You can start your own family garden with simple things like herbs or tomatoes and peppers. Have your kid’s research which veggies grow best in your climate and then teach them how to plant and tend the garden. They will be far more eager to eat the fruits of their own labor, than the vegetables you pick up at the grocery store. And, those fruits will be better for them anyway.
- Meal Planning– Make sure that your family has a set time to sit down and eat dinner together. There is a lot of research that proves the value of family meal time (read more). And, let the kid’s help you plan and prepare the meals. If they help make it, they will be more inclined to help eat it.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be fun if you use these strategies to get your kids involved in the process.…