We choose the way in which we educate our children when they are born, although we can refine the technique or vary it according to the circumstances, as the child grows. However, many habits already acquired are difficult to change, and in fact, eating habits are one of those that require the most effort.
Ideally, and preferably after exclusive and on-demand breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life, the baby begins to have contact with other foods, and This is where eating habits begin to be educated. The best way to do this is by offering healthy food to your baby, while respecting his or her decisions to try or not try the food we offer.
The natural evolution of these eating habits, starting from the premise that the meals we offer are healthy and balanced, leads to a correct way of eating, in terms of quantity and quality.
The child will obviously go through stages In which he rejects foods that he previously ate, others in which he refused to eat and others in which he only ate his favorite food, however, if we have acted correctly up to this point and maintain the same approach, these stages will pass without cause more trouble.
Take a deep breath and enjoy watching your child eat, because the eating habits that you have instilled in him will probably accompany him throughout his life.
However, when we are faced with a child who has had an unorganized diet and who, when we decide to adopt healthier and more balanced measures, refuses to follow them, what can we do? First of all, don't give up. Correcting incorrect eating habits is not easy, but it is certainly not impossible either.
- Encourage And recognizing when the child chooses to eat a new dish that he previously refused helps boost his self-esteem while helping us in our work to re-educate his eating habits.
- Stop buying those foods that are problematic: buns, chocolate, salty snacks, and try to have a variety of fruits and other healthy snacks at your fingertips.
- Eat as a family, preparing a single meal and allowing everyone to choose the amount they want to eat.
- Offer only water with meals, Except for breakfast, which can be accompanied by milk or dairy products.
- Apply these premises to our eating habits Also, so that our example is in accordance with what we want to show our children. It is difficult, if not impossible, for a child to decide to do something that he does not see his parents do.
Above all, the main thing, at this point, is to be patient and persistent. Change will take time, but it can be done, and it's a lifelong habit, so the sooner we start the better.
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