NOTE: Today I am very happy to introduce fellow mom blogger Emma Lawson to FertileBrains readers. She is here with four great tips on “How to Raise a Good Little Eater”. This post contains very helpful tips for moms, especially the ones struggling with picky eaters (myself included), to encourage good eating behavior in their children. Read on and don’t forget to share your views in the comments section below.
Raising your children to become good little eaters can be very hard, especially if they are constantly refusing to try something new. Getting them to try all sorts of foods often seems like an impossible mission, but it does not have to be like that at all. Here are four tips on how to make your kids embrace something that they have never tried before.
1. Be a Role Model
A child will eat well only if the family eats well, too. Many families nowadays do not have time to prepare nutritious meals because of the hectic lifestyle, which is why they often turn to fast food restaurants and takeaways. Instead of ordering pizza, you should spend more time in the kitchen preparing healthy meals that your children will love. Smaller portions that consist of both meat and different kinds of vegetables should be your way to go. After all, you cannot expect that your child chooses an apple over a brownie if you are the one who takes a brownie, too.
2. Eat Together
Families that have meals together at least once a day eat more nutritious and balanced meals than those who do not. No matter whether you choose that it is breakfast, lunch or dinner – you just have to make sure that everyone is there. This may be a very challenging task, especially if both of the parents are working. However, all of them will appreciate the time they are spending together over a healthy homemade meal that contains the balanced amount of proteins, vitamins, carbs, and other nutrients. Also, younger children will be more likely to try something new if they see their parents and siblings eating that.
3. Versatility As a Key to Success
Children need to be taught to eat versatile from an early age. Flavorful foods are definitely a must, even for babies. Different kinds of fruits, such as mango, avocado and papaya are an amazing choice for them, especially when puréed. Cheese is the best option for introducing diary with a richer texture. Also, vegetables such as spinach, onions, and black beans have multiple benefits for children’s health. You can even honey as a delicious spread when a snack time comes. Of course, even sweets should be allowed, as long as they are not overindulging.
4. Let Children Participate
Allowing children to participate in preparing a meal is definitely a good way to make them eat everything that is necessary for their growth and overall well-being. If they get to help, they will be more likely to want to try the meal. You can let them put sliced vegetables on your homemade pizza, or tear the lettuce for the salad and measure the vinegar and oil for the dressing.
As you can see, there are many ways which can help you raise your children as good little eaters. This is definitely not an easy task, but it is certainly achievable. All you have to do is being very patient because it does not happen overnight. After all, if they do not like something the first time, they will certainly like it the second.
About Post Author
Emma Lawson is a busy mom to two wonderful boys. She is passionate about writing and her boys are her inspiration. She loves to explore, learn and share about parenting techniques. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life Website: http://highstylife.com.
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