This week’s Tuesday Tip for Picky Eaters: Set a good example.
As parents, we are the first role models for Henry. He will learn from our example, so Daddy and I need to eat our fruits and vegetables too. I am not a big fan of mango, but I let Henry watch me eat it with a smile on my face. Then he wants to try some mango too.
A recent study confirmed that when parents lead by example their children have a more nutritious diet. The best way to inspire healthy eating habits is to demonstrate them first-hand to your children. Another study found that when parents ate an extra serving of fruit or vegetables each day, their child ate an additional half serving.
Yes, it is important to talk with kids about food. But don’t just tell your child to eat their vegetables, let them see you eating a balanced meal that includes plenty of fruits and veggies. It may not always seem like it, but your kids are paying attention to what you eat.Think about what food behaviors you want to encourage in your kids, and then double-check your own habits to make sure you are modeling this behavior. For example, we want Henry to eat at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal. We make sure that Henry sees us enjoying fruits or vegetables each time we sit down to eat.