Following on from yesterday’s awesome guest blog post by Kelli Bailey, here is part 2 of the 3 part series. Don’t forget the next part will be the results of the awesome survey of infoid taken from all the gorgeous parents out there giving you their best advice on how to get kids to eat healthy food…
Kids are little people, they are not dogs to be trained!
Contrary to popular belief, children are not pliable, simple beings just waiting to be molded by us. They are born whole persons, with their own personalities and preferences, as every parent knows.
Their experience shapes their preferences, so it is generally much easier to feed a child healthy foods from the start than to begin after several years have passed. It’s possible to start with older children, and I have done it with my own family. It takes a little more work on the part of the parent, and, depending on the family, can take awhile, but I’ve coached families through it and I know it is possible.
Think of this…if most of his life he’s been encouraged to eat processed foods, junk food, school cafeteria food, fast food and other convenience foods, how long do you think it will take him to switch to a healthier diet? How long did it take you?
Is it possible your learning curve was shorter because it was your decision and your body? What changes when you are making the decision for someone else? What other factors come into play?
Look at it this way…would you expect your spouse to eat exactly what you think is best for him, wear the clothing you choose for him, read all of the books you recommend and watch only the movies of which you approve? That would be ridiculous, right?
As you would not force your spouse or partner to eat what you tell him, so you cannot force a child to do the same. Well, you can, but at great risk to your relationship!
There are effective systems, mindset shifts, and specific family habits which are essential to put into place before your child (or spouse) will ever consider your views around changing their food choices. I invite you to thoughtfully examine your family dynamic with regard to what you all are eating.
Seth Godin wrote, “Marketing is about spreading ideas, and spreading ideas is the single most important output of our civilization.”
On a more individual scale, we have to market healthy eating to future generations of people, beginning with our own kids! We’ll invest a lot of time and energy and use all of our skills so that hopefully our message will override the message of society, which is “super size, quick-n-easy, salty & sugary goodness!”
Just how do you market to your own family? How do you help family members help themselves? Humans learn in many different ways, among them listening, reading, repetition and experience. Think about how your individual children learn and how you can apply all of these to eating, and there ya go!
Kelli is running a teleseminar this Friday, 2nd March teaching you how to motivate your child to make better choices, how to create peace at dinnertime and giving you tasty ways to help your kids enjoy healthy food. If you’re looking for more advice and guidance on how to help your kid eat more healthy food then sign up here. It’s totally free, baby! Plus, if you can’t make the call you’ll receive the recording afterwards.
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/