There are all kinds of approaches to parenthood, more or less liberal or traditional. Regardless of your method of choice or your lifestyle, you are surely interested in making sure your child eats well. It’s a fact of life that the good-quality and varied diet is an important factor in the development of children. Some kids would eat anything you put on the table, without ever making it an issue. They’ll empty their plates in no time and ask for more. But, this post is not about them.
It is about the other kids:
Those who are never hungry.
Those who always say “yuck” whatever you give them.
Those who would eat sweets all day.
Those who have to be chased around the house and begged to grab a bite.
There are various ways in which you can make children eat better. A proper diet is not something that should be negotiable or even discussed with children. Besides, anyone who has ever tried to make fair deals with children has surely realized that such deals are broken in a blink of an eye. An adequate diet and good night’s sleep are key to a child’s good health. These are the two things that I would always pursue, and all methods are allowed. Thankfully, my daughter likes eating, but she is not ecstatic about everything I put on her plate.
In order to keep her healthy, I use all kinds of tactics, such as:
She always eats at the table and sits on a special chair for kids because the chair was designed to make it more difficult for kids to escape. In case she refuses to eat, I threaten to take her favorite toys back to the shop.
If she eats the whole meal she’ll be rewarded with a candy.
Lying shamelessly (unfortunately, you’ll have to resort to this sometimes):
– If you eat all carrots, your hair will be long and shiny. (In fact, this doesn’t work anymore because she’s learned that carrots are good for the eyes, not for the hair. Still, it may be worth a try, depending on your child’s age and level of world knowledge.)
– I just saw Santa peering through the window. He won’t bring you anything if you don’t eat it all.
– Spinach is Eliza’s favorite food.
– Princess Moana loves soup. That’s why she’s so gorgeous.
Let your imagination go wild.
I know these recommendations might make you laugh, but I swear I have applied all these methods successfully for a number of years. I know that the time will come when such motivation will become pointless and useless. But, making sure that your child is accustomed to eating regular, healthy meals is invaluable.
You can’t reason with small children and explain why eating well is important, but you can make sure they acquire healthy habits early in life. Once they get used to a wholesome diet, they won’t avoid the food which is absolutely necessary for their development. You will then be in the position to allow them some freedom to choose the type and quantity of food they want to eat.
If you persist in maintaining an appropriate diet, your child will develop a habit and choose such food spontaneously, so you’ll have nothing to worry about.
About the Author: Tanja is a mother, a Philanthropist. She loves writing and photography.ion. You can check her website here.