Social Media

back

10 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits in Kids

ExpertsPost Category - ExpertsExperts
EatPost Category - EatEat - Post Category - Eating OutEating Out - Post Category - Eating InEating In

Keep them happy and healthy

Overweight and under-exercised is an increasing problem in young kids. Is your child’s relationship with food healthy, mama? Or do you find that he or she is gaining weight too quickly and constantly craving or snacking on everything unhealthy? Here are my top ten tips to ensure that children develop a healthy relationship with food:

scale, mother, baby, stand, weight, new mom

1. Remember children learn best by example! So be a good role model, mama, and adopt healthy eating and exercise behaviours yourself.

2. Ask friends and family to support your child’s efforts to have a healthy lifestyle. Everyone should be consistent in their approach to your child’s eating plan.

3. Encourage your child to be active and limit their time watching TV, playing on the computer or playing video games.

lunch

4. Avoid calling foods good or bad; offer healthy options. Don’t buy the foods you know your child should be avoiding. These foods are for special occasions.

5. Instead of rewarding your child with food, try one of the following:

          – A new book, a new toy or even a magazine
          – Spend some quality time with him or her reading or playing
          – Allow a friend to stay overnight, everyone loves a sleepover
          – Going to the beach, park or cinema

6. Praise efforts made by your child to be healthy instead of dwelling on bad habits.

https-::www.pinterest.com:pin:418201515368018909:

7. Encourage your child to decide whether they really are hungry when they ask for food

8. Separate eating from other activities such as watching TV (a person tends to eat more when they are distracted by the TV)

9. Provide meals and healthy snacks at regular times instead of allowing your child to nibble all day long.

10. Comfort your child with attention, listening and hugs instead of food.

It is important to note that our goal with children is never to get them on a “diet” – our aim is for them to grow into their current weight.

more sassy mama

What's New

We're social
Sri Lanka is a favoured destination for so many mamas and families in Dubai. We are devastated by the attacks on this beautiful island and its people- our thoughts and prayers are with them all 💙 #prayforsrilanka via @sassymamasg by @apsi_doodles
Teamwork, confidence, safety, FUN! We love, love love @pirates.surf - so many reasons to sign your kids up - read more in the link in bio, mamas! ❤️ 🌊
Motherhood can sometimes feel a bit like this, right?! Chaotic, messy, crazy - exhausting!! But ok, fun too 😉. Disney Channel’s latest original animation series 101 Dalmatian Street explores all the warm and messy complications of domestic life, multiplied by one hundred and one! Catch the new series weekdays at 4pm KSA time, from 1st April – only on Disney Channel, exclusively available on @osn #osn #101DalmatianStreet 
HAPPY UAE MOTHERS DAY, mamas - you got this!!! ❤️🐾🐾
Praying for the people of New Zealand and for tolerance, diversity and love to prevail ❤️ repost @courtneymoorfield #weareone
It’s nearly the weekend!! How about a stroll around downtown Dubai to end the week,mamas? So much gorgeous weather to take advantage of 🦋via @kirsty_and_neve_travels #sassymamadubai
**WIN** 💦 🦞 We’re planning to make waves this summer in super cool Joseph & Alexander swim shorts, the swimwear brand which offers a gorgeous range of patterned shorts made from recycled plastic found floating in the ocean - we love!!! And there's a very cute mini and me collection too (that's Father's Day sorted this year). Want to win a pair? Simply like this post and tag someone you know who loves the ocean and wants to cut back on the use of plastic - too easy! One entry for each person you tag. A winner will be announced via instagram on March 18th, Global Recycling Day. GOOD LUCK! 💦 🦞 
This competition is open to UAE residents and is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram.
Happy International Women’s Day, mamas! #herestostrongwomen #girlpower

We're social

What we're up to and what inspires us