4 Tips to Develop Healthy Eating Habits in Kids

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Are you a mother of a grown-up child and suffering difficulty in the cultivation of good eating habits in your kid? It’s really good that you are trying to fulfill your duty as these habits, either good or bad, will stay with him for lifelong. We are with you in this struggle so here are some advises for you to develop good eating manners in your kid.

Invite to Sit Together:

If you insist young kids to sit with the family even if they are not ready to eat solid food or refusing to eat, they’ll start to learn the rules of dining. In the start, it will be problematic for you to handle him on the table but your struggle will be fruitful eventually.

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You can limit meals to a reasonable length of time to make it easy for the kid. If your child is too impulsive and is unable to stay calm he might be suffering from hyperactivity issues. Consult with the best psychologist in Karachi, Lahore or other main cities of Pakistan via Marham.pk and help him out of this trouble.

Let him Choose:

Never command him what he should eat and what not. Cook healthy food in interesting ways, and decorate them on the dining table. Maybe he chose only one thing but it’s enough for that time. If you want something to really taken, encourage the two bite rule, try two bites of a food and after that, drop it and don’t harass your child about it. It is not the good way indeed, routinely offer a variety of foods, your child will get the nutrition he needs.

Also Read: 3 Causes of Binge Eating Disorder

Don’t Insist on Clean Plate:

Many parents insist that kids clean their plates soon in order to get dessert. This forceful eating will push them back and they will fail to develop an interest in eating. They are not as fast as you are. Do not force them, give them time to finish and slow your pace to keep them with you.

healthy eating habits for kids

If your child is taking more than normal time in finishing dinner or have some other strange eating habit, it may be due to some medical or psychological problem. Log on to Marham.pk to find the best child specialist in Karachi or any main city of Pakistan and figure out what the problem is actually. Instead of forcing to clear all on their plate encourage the practice of taking smaller portions that they can finish easily.

Don’t Forbid any Food:

You could feel tempted to make some foods completely off-limits, and perhaps you think best for your kid. But forbidden foods are a draw for kids and they tend to overeat these foods whenever they get the chance. So stop this practice. Instead, take a balanced approach and allow smaller portions of those forbidden foods occasionally.

Good habits not developed in one day, stay persistent to get the reward.

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Tayyaba Waris
She is a student of Ph.D. molecular biology at Comsats University, Islamabad. She is working on the causes and treatment of male infertility. She has also worked on liver disease and its herbal treatments and has recently got her paper published in the National journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals. At Marham, she writes about hot medical issues and general health problems.