Grandparents must know the importance of giving healthy and nutritious food for their grandchildren. However it is usually a hearsay that grandparents love to spoil their grandchildren. In terms of eating habits, they must be aware that proper nutrition is significant for the children to have a healthy body and lifestyle as they grow.
The usual treat is giving children candies or chocolates to lure to eat. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some may scold their children and forced to eat that may cause trauma on the child’s part.
Here are ways on how grandparents can help grandchildren to have good eating habits:
Offer or serve a tempting and delicious bowl of fresh fruits in the kitchen or on the table. This may serve as a treat to the grandchildren in exchange of candies. Introduce different kinds of nutritious food to the grandchildren. Grandparents can talk to their grandchildren and give them information about the healthy and unhealthy foods as well as the corresponding effects of these foods in the body. Some nutritious foods especially vegetables are not instantly likable on the taste buds of young children. However as early as possible, introduce these set of nutritious foods to your grandchildren. Offer or give small amount or portions of these nutritious foods to them. As soon as they are use to the taste, offer the next set of nutritious food. Some children are picky. As grandparents, be aware of their likes and dislikes. Learn the proper way of controlling them and not them controlling you by just using the meal time to get what they want especially the food they want to eat and the time they want to. Set as a good example. Grandparents must teach their grandchildren the importance of not wasting food. Some children don’t bother throwing or dumping half of their meal. As grandparents, teach them on the amount of food to put in the plate and making sure that they can finish it. Be aware of the amount of food served in the grandchild’s plate. Remember that the food varies on the age of the child. Determine the right amount of food to avoid wasting it. Introduce to the grandchildren the Food Pyramid. Through this, they may know what are the right and nutritious food to eat. As the Food pyramid suggests; six to eleven daily servings of grains; three to five servings of vegetables; two to four servings of fruits; two to three servings of milk, cheese and yogurt; and three to five servings of meat, fish, poultry, dried beans, eggs and nuts. These set of foods still varies on the child’s age; toddlers, preschoolers, adolescents, and young teens.
As grandparents teach their children these ways in the early stage of their life, it will be easy for their grandchildren to have good eating habits.