It is the toughest challenge for all the parents to get the kids to eat healthy let alone incorporating veggies into their diet. The more you force it on the kids, the farther they repel from such food. Therefore, it is important to understand the psychology of a child before you begin your quest to get some veggies down their system.
After trying out new different ways to make my kids eat vegetables, I have found out that some tricks really help big time. Want to know want those are and how you can get your kids to eat vegetables? Read through and thank me later!
- Be the Role Model
For kids, their parents are a role-model. They observe and follow the behaviors and habits of their parents. Therefore, it is essential that you incorporate vegetables into your meal if you want them to do so, as well. Don’t offer them unhealthy choices. When there are only veggies on the table, they will have no choice but to eat it, especially if they see all family eating the same type of food.
- Get Them Involved
Things become more exciting for kids when they are involved. Take them to the market with you and ask for their help in selecting and purchasing vegetables. They will happily eat the veggies that they select themselves rather than the ones you impose on them. Then, when you preparing the food, ask them to assist you. All this will get them more excited to eat what they chose and prepared.
- Try Fun Food Games
Make it fun for them if you want them to finish their plate. For instance, make a tree using all the veggies on their plate and ask them to eat the leaves and then the trunk and then the roots while imagining themselves as a dinosaur. Kids love games and they do almost anything you ask if you turn it into a game.
- Appreciate and Reward
It is important to give appreciation and little rewards every time you observe your child’s good behavior, reinforce it. If your kid finishes their plate, take them to a park or let them play outside with their friends. However, do not penalize or punish them as it demotivates them and encourages them to disobey.
- Stay Consistent and Patient
Patience and consistency are the two things you need if you want to succeed. Kids can be stubborn at times and you have to keep calm and talk politely. Do not pressurize your kid to eat if they don’t want to. Try out the techniques given above consistently and do not give up. The results might be slow but the success will be yours in the end!
Author Bio: John and Sophie are happily married couple with 2 kids. They enjoy outdoor activities together and healthy eating. Their love for trampolines is eternal and they believe that they are both fun and a healthy exercise. They ritually write on Trampolines Co.