Do Your Kids Do the Fly-By?
They fly by the fridge, the freezer or the cupboard, grabbing as they go… How do you get them to grab for the healthy stuff? Take a balanced approach
While some parents rely on making vegetables and fruits more appealing by cutting them into funny shapes or colouring them to be more exciting, this should only be a last resort, as it’s not a technique for creating lasting habits.
Children should learn early that food is delicious and fun in its most natural form. A bowl full of grapes or brightly coloured kiwi is enjoyable to eat. At what point do children learn to accept food for what it is and not expect to be entertained at each meal? Teaching kids the joy of trying foods from different cultures would be more beneficial.
Unhealthy foods, such as those high in sugar and fat, are often used as “reward” foods for children who have completed their homework or cleaned their rooms. Instead, reserve these foods for special occasions. No food is bad. In fact, all foods can fit into a healthy diet. Foods that are high in sugar and fat, such as brownies, cake, and chips, are foods we enjoy sometimes.
Teach your children the appropriate serving size for these foods, and demonstrate that pigging out is never an option. If they enjoy healthy foods each day, it’s OK if we go out for ice cream on Friday night — just make sure it is not a double or triple scoop!