Kids and Food – 5 Tips for Parents

Smiling kids with vegetables in basket

Parents do not need a degree in nutrition to raise healthy children. Just follow these basic guidelines and you can get your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight.

1. Control the supply lines
Parents and only parents should decide on the food to buy and serve. Your kids will pester you for junk food or food that is less nutritious, but it is the adults who should decide on the food that is stocked up in the house. Kids will always eat what you stock up in the cupboards, and they will never go hungry. Buy their favorite fix once in a while so you don’t deprive them.

2. Write the kids menu
It is a myth that kids only like hot dogs, pizza and burgers. When you go out next, let your kids experiment with some new food…..nine out of ten, they will like it. For a start, let them try out what you have ordered and see what they like.

3. Calories from drinks
If you are looking for good nutrition for your child, cut out the soda and other sweetened drinks and juices from their diet. Stick to water, milk and fresh homemade juices and your kids will be absolutely fine.

4. Sweets
It is fine to have sweets occasionally but it should not be dessert after every meal. When you offer dessert as a prize for eating a meal, children will grow up with a habit that is hard to break.

5. Limit time in front of the TV and computer
When kids spend too much time in front of the TV and computer, they end up snacking, more often on foods that are not even good for them. Avoid this mindless snacking and encourage activity instead. Kids cut down on their body fat when they spend less time in front of the TV.

Happy Parenting!