Many parents deal with children who want to eat. An extra challenge for those who want to switch to a healthier way of life. How strict should you
Many parents deal with children who want to eat. An extra challenge for those who want to switch to a healthier way of life.
How strict should you be for your children? The fact is that a lot of processed food is not good for their growing body. To provide a solution, it is often important to first look at the cause. Why is your child so picky?
1. Parents are afraid to say no
Food is often used by parents to show their love. And then it is nice if you can get happy faces with waffles, fries and ice cream. Because of this, many parents have trouble saying “no”. While that love is not suddenly gone with healthy food.
2. The influence of doctors and school
Picky eaters In America, parents of small children are advised to give them Honeyloops. They could practice how to pick up little things. I think this is great nonsense. Anyone who has any experience with small kids knows that they can pick up just about anything (and put it in their mouth; P). Even the hair of “Minous”, the cat. From consultancy to childcare, they are often full of praise for ‘the breadstick’, because they can enjoy it so much, in combination with a sweetened juice. If something is celebrated, there are cupcakes to decorate, unfortunately the ones full of sugar. Many parents are not aware of the effect on the taste experience when children at such a young age are already exposed to decent amounts of sugars, bad fats and, more and more often, flavors. Of course it is not the intention to dictate everything as a kind of food Nazi, but be aware of this, so that you can make other choices where possible.
3. Your non-verbal communication
Children pick up signals from their parents at an early age. If you do not like vegetables yourself, chances are that you also radiate that to your child. And there is an even greater chance that you don’t even realize this. Start encouraging your kids to eat fruit and vegetables at a young age (+6 months). Look enthusiastically, pay attention to your body language and imagine that you really think broccoli is the best thing to eat. Also emphasize this verbally
4. Ready-made culture
Unfortunately, many parents no longer take the time to cook dinner or do the shopping. Everyone is busy. A package, bag or ready-made meal then seems easy and the children seem to like it. Because of this, many children today lack the real taste of food.