1. Eating healthy yourself is one of the most powerful ways to send your kids a message about good eating habits.
2. Giving them meals and snacks at the right time will help them maintain a sound eating routine.
3. If you’re concerned about overeating, there are a few ways you can keep an eye on your child’s diet without making them feel that there’s something wrong with how they eat. Try turning the TV off during meal times and making sure there are no gadgets; this will help your child focus on their appetite.
Serve food on a smaller plate, to make your child feel like they have a “full plate” while still getting the proper amount of food. If your child tends to ignore veggies on their plate, don’t try to make up for this by giving them more protein or carbs. Try disguising veggies in food that they usually eat instead.
4. If you notice that your child’s eating habits make them prone to undereating, make sure that you feed them snacks or meals at the same time every day. This will help to ensure that they feel hungry around the same time. Also, try feeding them smaller portions for snacks. Snacking too much or too often could be the cause of your child not eating enough during mealtime.
5. Limit junk food or snack options in the house. If you’re stocking up the pantry, try to make healthier snacks more accessible.
Healthy Habits for Adolescent Development
Adolescence can be a much more difficult time to navigate especially for parents. Unfortunately, most teenagers or young adults won’t see the value of building habits. Since this is a time of rapid change and development, an adolescent will be more concerned about realizing who they are, and being with their peers.
Your job as a parent is to help them build the right habits, even if they don’t necessarily agree to it.