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Did your mom short-order cook for you?
Parenting Power Admin February 25, 2016 No Comments

Did your mom short-order cook for you?

All month, we have been talking about getting clear around our own parenting responsibilities and those of our children. We’ve talked about how kids reboot their bodies (sleep), and how kids care for their bodies (exercise and cleanliness). Lastly, we need to focus on how kids fuel their bodies (food).

Once again, this area involves parents setting clear expectations, providing the right environment and then teaching kids how to build great habits to carry them into adulthood.

Kids learn what they live and live what they learn. When we clearly define healthy eating expectations, model, teach and hold kids accountable to these (rather than just talking about them,) we are setting kids up for success; now as they get older and their food choices are happening outside of our reach.

Making sure that healthy food choices are available in our homes is an important parental responsibility. Providing clarity around what food is allowed and expected (when kids are getting their own snacks or making their own lunches) is critical.

Get clear around the idea of “treats” in your family. When a treat is eaten/purchased every day or multiple times in a day, it is no longer a treat, but a daily habit. Just as screen time has the ability to replace non-sedentary activity, snack/treat time has the ability to replace the consumption of water or nutrient-dense eating.

When we are clear on the above foundations, it is much easier to teach our kids and hold them accountable. We can then have our kids take the responsibility of choosing what they will eat from the choices they are given. This doesn’t mean cooking multiple meals that they may or may not want. We cannot make them eat. We can consistently provide them with healthy options.

If you are working on building up the consumption of healthier foods, some kids find it easier when there is a list of healthy choices that they can access:

Child: Mom (Dad), Can I have a snack?
Parent: Sure – choose something from the list.
Child: But I already had an apple today.
Parent: Great – if you are hungry, choose something else from the list.
Child: I don’t want anything from there.
Parent: Okay, no problem. You can wait for dinner.

Today’s questions are:

Did your mom short-order cook for you?

What are your expectations around your child’s food intake?

Treats or habits?

Does your child know (and follow) the rules around making lunch to take to school?

How will you move forward to model healthy eating habits in your home?

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