Parenting Health

How to Make Your Child Eat Healthy?

Payal Girdher
3 to 7 years

Created by Payal Girdher
Updated on Jul 10, 2017

How to Make Your Child Eat Healthy
Reviewed by Expert panel

Encouraging your children to eat healthily, not be fussy eaters and not waste food – can be quite challenging at times. As a parent, I know how difficult it is to feed your child when there is an incessant "no-no" and they simply refuse to open their mouth! I have learned from my experience in this situation, to literally declare a ceasefire, hands down, and stop force-feeding them. Eventually, all kids do get hungry, and you will notice that sometimes that’s the best time to feed them properly and patiently. However, this cannot be made a habit either! New parents need to learn some tips on promoting healthy eating habits for your child. [Read More - Ways to Ensure Child Eat a Healthy & Balanced Diet]

Here, a Pro-parent blogger talks about ways to encourage healthy eating habits for our kids – the importance of being a positive role model, enjoying mealtimes as a family, not force-feeding them, and some more tips.

Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

Here are some tips I would like to share with all parents about inculcating good eating habits in our children -

  • Encourage your child to finish his/her food and say a big NO to wastage. With your older child, try to explain to them the value of healthy food, and why wasting food is wrong.
  • Set a standard place like the dining table for meals, and this should be for all family members - so your kids will watch you and follow you.
  • Prepare healthy food like vegetables and fruits in different forms and varieties every day.
  • Educate them on the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, and eating vegetables and fruits regularly.
  • Avoid distractions like TV, loud noise, or even phone calls while eating.
  • Create a happy and healthy environment all the time, but especially during family mealtimes.
  • Try to set standardized meal times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and this practice should be started in their early years.

I am sure we all have many more great ideas to help our children be happy and healthy.

Be a Positive Role Model

As parents, we are our kid’s first teachers and role models, and our home is their first school. Children are quite impressionable, and when your child is at that stage where they start noticing and watching you, it’s the best time to work on yourself. I have often come across parents complaining that their kids don’t eat much home food and love to eat unhealthy fast food, junk food, etc. If as a parent you are wondering why that is – the answer is that your child is probably imitating you! Your children always observe what, where and when you eat. So make it a point to follow healthy eating habits yourself and be a positive role model for your child. [Read Part I - Role Modeling For Your Children]

Please share yours! Happy parenting and happy living!

Did you find Payal’s tips on helping your child eat healthy useful? Is your child a fussy eater? How do you help them eat healthy? Do share your experiences and learning with us in the comments section below. We love hearing from you!

 

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Nov 11, 2017

nice blog

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| Nov 11, 2017

nice blog

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| Nov 11, 2017

nice blog

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| Oct 30, 2017

yes it is a difficult thing to make the child feed . I have to run after my son to feed him. he doesn't sit in one place and so he is very thin. this is nice tip for me and I am surely going to try it.

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| Oct 30, 2017

very nice article. all the parents who complaints that children don't take vaggies, than give them another options like fruits,milk, paneer,grains,pulses etc.. From that also child will have nutrients. don't force for vaggies only. but keep trying on that .when they will grow,they'll understand the value. we as a parent should continue our try.

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| Oct 30, 2017

my son is of 2 year 4 months and he doesn't like to eat green veggies even we always prefer good and health food and avoid junk/ fast food still we are failed to develop his taste in veggies. many tip l have used like giving him stuffing (veggie) prantha, eating meal together, giving him separate meal in thali but all are vain. he eats only and only sweets things. hw can i develop his taste i veggies???..

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| Aug 31, 2017

very good article... but me and my husband gives a lecturer in waisteg , nutritional value.. but my kids not eating Veggies.. help please... in the last being very strict I M feeding them veggies... doesn't want to do this but not finding any option

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| Aug 16, 2017

I have noticed that most children do not want to eat green vegetables like ghia, tori, tinda etc. What should we do to make them eat those vegetables also?

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| Jul 10, 2017

My kid is 2years 4months old. He's not at all interested in having curd in any form. How do I make him habitual to curd? Please suggest.

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