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Kids and Food: 10 Tips for Children
Date:[2017-04-10] | Back

It's no surprise that parents mightneed some help understanding what it means to eat healthy. From the MyPlatefood guide to the latest food fad, it can be awfully confusing.

The good news is that you don't need adegree in nutrition to raise healthy kids. Following some basic guidelines canhelp you encourage your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight.

Here are 10 key rules to live by:

1.Parents control the supply lines. You decide whichfoods to buy and when to serve them. Though kids will pester their parents forless nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods areregularly stocked in the house. Kids won't go hungry. They'll eat what's availablein the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isn't all thatnutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they don't feel deprived.

2.From the foods you offer, kids get to choose what they will eat or whether toeat at all. Kids need to have some say in thematter. Schedule regular meal and snack times. From the selections you offer,let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want. This may seem like alittle too much freedom. But if you follow step 1, your kids will be choosingonly from the foods you buy and serve.

3.Quit the "clean-plate club." Let kidsstop eating when they feel they've had enough. Lots of parents grew up underthe clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn't help kids listen to their ownbodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings offullness, they're less likely to overeat.

4.Start them young. Food preferences are developedearly in life, so offer variety. Likes and dislikes begin forming even whenkids are babies. You may need to serve a new food a few different times for achild to accept it. Don't force a child to eat, but offer a few bites. Witholder kids, ask them to try one bite.

5.Rewrite the kids' menu. Who says kids only want toeat hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and macaroni and cheese? When eating out, letyour kids try new foods and they might surprise you with their willingness toexperiment. You can start by letting them try a little of whatever you orderedor ordering an appetizer for them to try.

6.Drink calories count. Soda and other sweeteneddrinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water and milkare the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when it's 100%, but kids don't needmuch of it — 4 to 6 ounces a day is enough for preschoolers.

7.Put sweets in their place. Occasional sweets arefine, but don't turn dessert into the main reason for eating dinner. Whendessert is the prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on thecupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods.

8.Food is not love. Find better ways to say "Ilove you." When foods are used to reward kids and show affection, they maystart using food to cope with stress or other emotions. Offer hugs, praise, andattention instead of food treats.

9.Kids do as you do. Be a role model and eat healthyyourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best examplepossible. Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don't skip meals.

10.Limit TV and computer time. When you do, you'llavoid mindless snacking and encourage activity. Research has shown that kidswho cut down on TV-watching also reduced their percentage of body fat. When TVand computer time are limited, they'll find more active things to do. Andlimiting "screen time" means you'll have more time to be activetogether.

 

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