I’ve written about this before, but I wanted to share with you a great article written by nutritionist Prudence Ticknor. You can find it at: http://www.gastricbandlv.com/blog/2010/08/18/parenting-to-prevent-childhood-obesity-pt-1-teaching-healthy-eating-habits/comment-page-1/#comment-512
Prudence gives great practical tips for naturally encouraging your kids to eat healthy and get them involved in the kitchen. Getting the entire family involved in health and wellness is not only good for everyone’s physical well-being, but also for relationship-building (…and y’all know how I feel about that!). Get everyone involved in making out the grocery list and planning meals and snacks for the week. Have the kids be helpers at the grocery store by picking out fruits and vegetables. That’s also a great opportunity to teach them how to tell when fruits and veggies are ripe and how to pick the good ones. If you don’t know how yourself, the grocer will be happy to teach the family on the spot. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Once home, have kids help with the washing, chopping (depending on age and abilities), and storing of food. Get them involved in planning and packing their own lunches, helping out with meal preparation at home, or setting the table for a family meal.
Try turning off the TV and doing some family activities instead–playing board games, telling stories, taking family walks or bike rides, and getting more physical activity while having fun at home. Remember the old days when we actually interacted and spoke in person instead of through the DS or texting? How about going back to playing freeze-tag, dodge-ball, catch, hopscotch, jump rope, hide-n-seek, etc. ? Those were all fun activities that got everyone physically moving while interacting on a personal level.
Anyone who knows me knows how big I am on relationship-building and how important it is to develop a healthy and positive parent-child relationship. You can use everyday experiences to do just that. You may think that kids want the latest gadgets, toys, and expensive technology, but what they REALLY want and need is time spent with you. You really are just 10 minutes away from a great relationship with your child…
Maria M. Marinakis, ED.M., LADC