Leading By Example: Monkey See Monkey Do!
April 19, 2018
One of the best ways to have your kids do what is good for them is to set a good example. If you love reading, and your kids see you reading, they are more likely to be readers. If you exercise and your children see you exercising, and you encourage them to participate with you, then they will be more active healthy individuals. Most of us get those connections, and yet, when it comes to diet and nutrition, somehow we often revert back to “Do what I say, not what I do.” Kids are very observant, their job as little people is to study their environments and how their elders interact with it so that they can survive and thrive to eventually be big people. The best way to learn how to be a grown up person is to watch them doing it, right? That makes sense biologically. However, the problem now is that we have so many food choices available to us that do not make sense biologically. If you doubt this, look at sky rocketing rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, to name a few.
There are many studies that show that children’s dietary preferences are greatly influenced prenatally and through the toddler years. This means that by the time your child is old enough to have a meaningful discussion about nutrition, their dietary patterns and preferences are already largely determined! Children learn to prefer and choose healthy foods by watching parents and caregivers do just this- choosing healthy foods and enjoying them. So what can you do? Find vegetables and fruits that you enjoy, and have some every day. Research shows that children’s intake of vegetables, fruits, and dairy increased after watching adults consuming those foods.* Studies have also shown that telling your kids to eat their vegetables actually results in lower intakes of healthy food, and that using rewards to get them to eat healthy also decreases preference for fruits and vegetables.* The take away here is that your little ones are learning from you and what you do, not what you say. We understand this at First Spoons and provide wonderfully tasty and appealing healthy meals for your children with more variety than anyone else in the market. We provide 1000 days of solids for your infant to transition through to toddler stages and up to age 3. Others only provide meals for babies up to 12-14 months.
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Share with them, have fun with your healthy food! If you approach health as a chore, so will your kids. And what happens to chores? They get avoided!