Yesterday I met with some colleagues to discuss new approaches to combating childhood obesity. The concept is to work with mothers who are pregnant and help them during the first two years of a child’s life with healthy eating. While we are not sure what this intervention is going to look like, the concept, in my opinion, is brilliant. Not to mention, very necessary.
Feeding children is hard work. They are little people with big opinions about everything. And they can control what goes into their bodies. For some kids, the struggle that mealtimes brings is somewhat of a sport. Crazy, right.
The thrill of telling Mom and Dad- I don’t like it, it looks gross, and it smells disgusting-is fun. Kids get a reaction from the adults who give them so much attention. They want to see if they have the power to change what is on their plate. And in many cases, this strategy actually works!
While I like the ideas that this author presents, I challenge you to rethink the actual mealtime struggle. My famous line is “It’s my job to feed you healthy food to fuel your body. Sometimes you won’t like everything, but you need to eat good food.”
Do you have any good tips for parents struggling to feed their children healthy foods?
For more insights, here is the article I mentioned.