IS YOURCHILDA PICKY
10 WAYS TO GET
1. HAVE A SCHEDULE IN
Children need to eat every three to
four hours: three meals, two snacks,
and lots of fluids. If you plan for
these, your child's diet will be much
more balanced and he'll be less
cranky, because he won't be
famished. Even when out of home,
ensure that you carry healthy snacks.
2. HAVE MEALS TOGETHER
It may be difficult to have all your meals
together and in most homes breakfast may be
a hurried affair. But do ensure that you eat
your dinner together. Include a well-balanced
meal for dinner. When you eat together, your
child develops healthy eating habits and eats
a portion of all that is on the table. Remember
to do the same so that she can follow the
3. DON’T FORCE THEM
As hard as this may be, try not to comment on
what or how much your kids are eating. Be as
neutral as possible. Remember, you've done
your job as a parent by serving balanced
meals; your kids are responsible for eating
them. If you play food enforcer -- saying things
like "Eat your vegetables" -- your child will only
4. INTRODUCE NEWFOODS
Children are new-food-phobic by
nature. Do not introduce them to too
many new foods at a time. After they
have started on one particular
vegetable, try another one. A little
hero worship can work wonders too.
Tell them things like ‘Sachin
Tendulkar loves peas’ and they may
start liking peas too.
5. TRY VARIETIES OF
If your kid doesn’t like a particular
vegetable, it may be the recipe that
he dislikes and not the veggie. Try
out new recipes and methods of
cooking. Some kids like to have
slices of vegetables with dips. Make
some yummy dips and you may have
your child snacking on carrots!
6. LET THEMBE THE COOK
If your children become involved in choosing
or preparing meals, they'll be more interested
in eating what they've created. Take them to
the store, and let them choose produce for
you. If they're old enough, allow them to cut up
vegetables and mix them into a salad. For
smaller kids supervision while in the kitchen is
7. FOLLOWTHE ‘NO JUNK’
Remember you are in charge of what comes
to your house from the supermarket. It is for
you to decide whether you should but junk or
healthy food. If there is no junk in the house,
kids will have to eat fruits and other healthy
snacks. Try and cut down on junk food as
much as possible.
8. DESIGN FORFUN FOOD
Use your creativity to make food look more
appealing to the kids. Cutting them out in
shapes is a good idea. So is giving the food
funny names. You can even encourage your
children to design the food as they wish.
Sometimes adding a dash of colour helps to
liven up a dull looking dish.
9. ALLOWTREATS TOO
Being too strict about food may not work with
most kids. For example popcorn during movies
and McDonalds for weekends is fine as long as
you balance it with plenty of good food during
the week and the kids indulge in physical
activity. Do not say ‘no’ to all junk and a few
treats once in a while will make them eat
healthier in the long run.
10. EAT WHAT YOU WANT THEM
Basically, parents are the role models and
whatever they do the kids try and follow. If you
are a fussy eater then chances are your kids
will follow your picky habits. Eat heartily and
include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your
diet. Kids will follow you and eat well too.
SOME MORE TIPS
Reward the kids once in a while for eating
Turn meal times to fun times.
Follow the ‘no TV’ rule during meals.
Talk to your kids about the right nutrients and
the ill effects of junk food.
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