Healthy eating can stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods. While peer pressure and TV commercials for junk food can make eating healthy seem impossible, there are steps parents can take to instill healthy eating habits without turning mealtimes into a battle zone.

Children develop a natural preference for the foods they enjoy the most, so the challenge is to make healthy choices appealing. Of course, no matter how good your intentions, it’s always going to be difficult to convince your kid that an apple is as sweet a treat as a cookie. However, you can ensure that your children’s diet is as nutritious and wholesome as possible, even while allowing for some of their favorite treats.

The childhood impulse to imitate is strong, so it’s important you act as a role model for your kids. It’s no good asking your child to eat fruit and vegetables while you gorge on potato chips and cola.

 

© Australian Government Department Of Health And Ageing.

Prepared By The Children's Health Development Foundation, South Australia, And Deakin University, Victoria, 1998.