Parenting

The 10 Commandments of Healthy Eating for Parents

This is just a general guideline that I use because when I was a child my parents use to tell me that I couldn’t get up from the table until I will finish everything from my plate. When I had boogie I promise myself that I will never do that and other things that you will find below.1. You should never force, bribe or coerce thy child to eat.
2. You should set a good example by eating at least five fruits and vegetables, three whole grain products, and three dairy servings per day thyself.
3. You should make mealtimes pleasant.
4. You should encourage your child to help in meal planning, preparation, and cleanup.
5. You should back off when mealtime becomes a power struggle.
6. You should accept food “binges” as phases that will eventually pass.
7. You should accept the fact that your child is an individual and that he will dislike certain foods (and there may be many!).
8. You should not give up on introducing new foods. Sometimes takes ten tries to get a child to accept a food.
9. Use this division of responsibility for eating: As the parent, you are responsible for deciding when and what to serve. Your child is responsible for deciding how much (if any) will be eaten.
10. You should give your child a multivitamin-mineral supplement if he is a picky eater.

Let me know what you think of it or if you have anything to add….

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2 Comments

  • Sandra

    Also, if your child is going through a phase where they’re snacking and not eating proper meals (when they’ve been a good eater), the plan an afternoon out and about that’s just really busy with no snacking opportunities, and an arrival back at the house at 5pm to a fully prepared wholesome meal. Sometimes this is all it needs to break the cycle.

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