Listen up, parents: Children imitate what they see, says Shelly Summar, Dietitian and Weight Management Program Coordinator for Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital. Get on track by setting—and following—these four exemplary eating practices with your family.
1. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables during meals and snacks. Research shows kids will be less picky and eat more produce if their parents do.
2. Everyone in the house, including parents, should follow the same rules. If kids can’t eat in front of the TV, mom and dad shouldn’t either.
3. Don’t be too negative or controlling when it comes to your child’s eating habits. Strict limitations can cause kids to sneak food and overeat.
4. Don’t skip breakfast. Kids should know it’s an important meal for the entire family.