For a child to develop properly and be well balanced, it is extremely important that parents teach them the right values and habits. This is true for all facets of a child’s life- physical, mental and emotional. An often forgotten area in today’s fast paced world is that children have good and healthy habits. These are habits that they will carry with themselves through their entire life and pass on to their children as well. So, do your part for a good future by making sure your child has good habits.
Here Are Some Eating Habits That Every Child Should Learn At A Young Age:
The importance of family meals is underrated. It is here that your child learns and sees for himself how important it is for family to stick together. It will probably be the only chance that you will get to spend time with your child as they grow older. A family meal partaken at a dining table is the time for everyone to share about their day, laugh and learn table manners. This situation also inculcates in kids a love for food and good eating habits when they see you and your spouse eating healthy food even if you don’t like it.
Eat Adequate Fruits And Vegetables
Kids will also fuss about eating fruits and vegetables, but it is your responsibility as a parent to teach them how important it is to have a balanced diet. The best way to do this is to live by this philosophy. Children learn better from watching your actions.
Daily Morning Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, primarily because it is food for the brain. It also sets the tone for the rest of the day. When kids skip breakfast, they tend to feel hungry earlier and also feel tired and lethargic. All this leads to them eating junk at odd hours. Make sure you teach your kids how important it is to have breakfast, and ensure you follow this principle as well.
Drink Plenty Of Water
All of us have had our parents hounding to drink more water. They are right; drinking adequate water is vital for good health, especially in kids who lose a lot of water perspiring while playing. It is important that children keep themselves properly hydrated.
Junk food is gaining popularity by the day, mostly because kids love them and parents find it easier to make and get their kids to eat junk. But these unhealthy snacks cause a lot of damage in the long run. Hence it is always advised that parents provide their children with healthy snacks such as fruits, salads, soups and sandwiches.
A lot of kids get into the habit of swallowing food, mostly to finish their food fast. Now this is not a habit to be encouraged as it is important that your child chew his/ her food properly. This is because chewing releases some nutrients in the food and also ensures that the food gets digested properly. Explain to your child why and how chewing food well and eating slowly helps in digestion.
No Distraction During Meals
Children have a short attention span, so it is important that you limit distractions during meals. No TV, laptops, music players or videos during meals to let your child concentrate on his food. These distractions can also reduce the quality of time spent together for the family meals.
Include Your Kids In Buying And Cooking Food
Children learn better by forming connections and relationships when they see things. Hence it would be wise to include your children in buying the groceries and even cooking food. Children who help with buying groceries and cooking generally are less fussy eaters. They want to taste the food that they help create.
All of us know what eating habits should be inculcated in kids, but despite all our best intentions, we could fall back. So let this be a reminder of the things we take for granted and how they can make a massive difference in the life of our kids.