Every mother, everywhere, tries to make her child eat healthy foods. It is that one common pain point of all mothers. Why is it that despite our continuous efforts, kids don’t eat healthy foods? And making them eat healthy foods is such a daunting task. Mention words like chocolate, chips and junk food, and they will stop playing and come running for yummy treats. And the moment you decide to serve them simple ghar-ka-khana, and you will most likely hear a big ‘NO’. Dealing with fussy eaters can be frustrating. For me, the telltale signs of my child being a fussy eater were –
Kids are naughty, fussy, and energetic, and this is how we would want them to be. And that made me think that there have to be better ways to ensure that a child’s nutritional requirements are met.
So I tried to make my child eat healthy foods in my own ways.
These are some tips and tricks which I tried to make sure that my child gets a well-balanced diet –
These are some creative ways to get children to eat healthy foods. We also have a reward system in place which works well with my child. If he eats healthy food throughout the week, then I let him have his favourite dessert over the weekend.
Another common concern that parents have is related to school tiffin, which often comes back unopened. I try to be creative with his tiffin and try some food art. With the use of cookie cutters which are easy-to-use, I make his food appear tempting. Cutting sandwiches in fun shapes and using different colours of food to make it pretty, works well.
Explaining my child the importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits also helped me to make him a less fussy eater. Kids are keen learners and when concepts are explained to them logically, as opposed to being forced upon them, they are more likely to follow.
When we serve food to our kids, we should make it fun and not something boring that they have to force down their necks. Involving kids in the cooking process, like letting them mix ingredients or plate up the food gives them a sense of accomplishment and connects them to the food they eat. We also do grocery shopping together which creates a sense of curiosity in him.
Lastly, cheering him and giving him a pat on the back when he eats without being fussy, reinforces healthy eating habits. We also hug our child when he eats healthy food. There is nothing like receiving a loving hug from mom and dad – it makes a child feel special. A well-nourished child is a happy child – one who can explore his potential to the fullest. As a mom, knowing that my child is well-fed and that he is getting all the fuel his body needs to become strong and intelligent, I am content.
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