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Role Modelling: How to Make a Positive Impact on your Child's Eating Habits

Parents play an important role in shaping the eating habits of their children. What and where you eat can affect your child's relationship with food.

Here are some ways that you can positively influence your child's eating habits:

  1. Make healthy foods the usual choice. When your child observes you eating vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean meat, they are more likely to eat these foods too.

  2. If you want your child to try a new food let them see you trying it first.

  3. Do not label foods as "bad" or "good". This may cause them to fear or crave certain foods. When you limit foods that are high in calories, sugar, fat, and salt your child will be less likely to choose these foods as well.

  4. Take time to enjoy your meals. This will demonstrate a positive relationship with food that your child will adopt.

Family Meal Times

Eating as a family has many benefits in the development of your child's habits, including:

Better Nutrition

Children will be more likely to accept food that they see the rest of the family eating. Sharing meals and helping with preparation allows children to learn more about food.

Academic Success

Frequent family meals help children develop and learn more vocabulary.

Better Relationship With Food

Eating together promotes tradition, unity, comfort, and stability. Family meal times can help your child associate healthy food with happy meal times.

Closer Family

Having regular family meal times increases the emotional well-being of all family members. This gives the family time to talk and share information about their day.

Tips for Healthy Role Modelling

  • Make healthy snacks and meals the regular choice by having these foods readily available.

  • Role model trying new foods by trying it yourself first. (It can take 10 to 15 tries for a child to accept a new food.)

  • Don't label foods as "good" or "bad".

  • Family meal times can have a positive impact on your child's eating habits

For more information please visit: www.unlockfood.ca

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