With so much information out there, as families we hear time and time again what foods are “good” for our children to eat and what portion sizes are correct. We all need to take heed of this, but must also ensure longevity regarding those eating habits. We need to be conscious of the behavioral rituals we establish so that it just becomes the norm for our kids to live this healthier lifestyle.
Healthy Eating Habits for kids:
- Start the day off on the right foot with fueling your body with breakfast. It creates a routine for balanced meals throughout the day releasing energy slowly and keeping your kids alert and focused in the mornings and throughout the day.
- Build back family tradition by coming together for mealtimes. Kids are more likely to taste new foods and be more encouraged within the setting of fun family time while learning proper etiquette.
- Keep your cupboards, freezers and fridges as clean as you can, after all they don’t take themselves off to the supermarket and fill up!
- Switch out one item for a healthier option, small steps big impact: white to wheat bread, fresh sliced fruit instead of chips, and soda to minimum diluted fresh juices.
- Have your children eat at the dining or kitchen table so they are not distracted by the TV or computer as children tend to eat more when consumed.
- Sleep and sleep more, poor sleeping habits mislead your body to believe its hungry when the reality is it needs to rest.
- Keep your kids hydrated so your children become aware of when they are thirsty or hungry.
- Home cooked foods teach our kids that this practice if taught will be continued later on in life so that we don’t become dependent on fast foods.
Guest Writer-Jo Frost
Best known as the “Supernanny,”childcare expert and child advocate Jo Frost has always had a natural gift for connecting with kids and helping parents navigate milestones with practical, easy solutions. With more than 25 years of experience in the family arena and the success of her hit television shows Supernanny, Extreme Parental Guidance, and this summer’s Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost,she’s proven her ability to bring peace and stability to any home. Now, the New York Times bestseller now offers parents and caregivers her invaluable methods in JO FROST’S TODDLER RULES: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior (March 4, 2014) to help tame toddler tantrums and curb troublesome behavior—from mealtime struggles to bedtime battles, and everything in between. In her book, Frost puts forth an amazingly simple equation for a harmonious household—her five rules for disciplined parenting plus her three-step S.O.S. method (Step Back, Observe, Step In)—and shows how these tools can create calmness in daily family life and routines. Complete with troubleshooting tips for living tantrum-free, JO FROST’S TODDLER RULES is a welcome, no-nonsense guide with everything you need to help your children grow, thrive, and make family time even more precious.
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