The Need to Establish Good Eating Habits in the Young Part 2

February 11, 2010

Free Rainbow Sprinkle Ice Cream Cone Creative CommonsIn my last blog I introduced the need to establish good eating habits in the young. This week I will continue to write about importance of this and methods parents should be using to feed their children.

Young children should be actively discouraged from eating just white bread, yoghourt, jelly, ice cream and the like with very little fruit and vegetables. A diet comprised of these processed, sugary foods does not allow their muscles to develop properly, causing them to be prone to deficiency issues and perhaps to premature gout and arthritic problems.

This is also the time to start gently and patiently teaching young children to use their cutlery and eating utensils properly. It is also important to make this whole eating process as enjoyable and leisurely as possible and to avoid bad experiences. Above all, young children should never be bribed with lollies to get them to eat and should never be given lollies, dessert or any other alternatives if they have declined to eat the main meal provided. It is a fundamental mistake to enable a child to consistently reject the food provided and teaches the child bad and demanding habits, which once established can be difficult to break.

It is better and kinder all round, to be firm and insistent than to let a tyrant child rule the roost. No child is going to starve itself and most quickly run out of puff when faced by a resolute parent. A slightly hungry child is more likely to eat what s/he is given and it is always better if the child knows the limits and boundaries.

Sometimes – even though it might seem unsightly and messy to us as adults – it may be important to let children touch, play with, smell and kiss their food as part of the process of getting used to it. However, allowing a child to spit or throw food and smear walls and furniture etc with food should never be tolerated as this is just plain bad and unacceptable behaviour.

In my next blog I will continue to write about the importance of establishing good eating habits in the young through my own personal experiences with my son.

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February 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm
CeliacWarrior (Paul Smith)
February 23, 2010 at 4:45 am

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1 Wise Finish February 23, 2010 at 2:55 am

Thanks for this informative and inspirational series. I find this series very interesting in light of what has been recently discovered about food allergy – that the things we are allergic to are the things we eat most often and especially those things we were fed often as children.

2 Rockon March 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

I find this series very interesting in light of what has been recently discovered about food allergy.

Thanks for this informative

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