How I Cracked My Boy to Eat Nutritional & Healthy Food?
Created by Saguna Jain Updated on Dec 26, 2019
Like every other mom, I struggled with getting her two sons to eat healthy, nutritional food – till she struck the perfect “meal-deal” with her two sons and finally, won over the battle! It’s a deal that has worked wonders. “Give some, take some works with everybody at all ages and stages,” I must say.
I have been a mother for 21 years of my life now and I realized pretty early on that one of the toughest aspects of parenting is to ensure that your child is having that 'perfect' meal, taking in a perfect combination of nutrients each time, every time – “easier said than done!” It started with the books, the aunts and the doctors telling me what are the right and wrong foods for my child. Then I started maintaining a diary, where every banana, every ounce of milk, every Katori of dal was noted, no kidding!
Way to Getting My Boys to Eat Healthy
This went on even after my second son arrived three years later. The only positive now was that along with the second round of motherhood, came the confidence and I started to follow my gut. But just when I would think that I had cracked the right diet, they would grow another six months and so grew their appetite, activity – and nutritional needs.
Years down the journey of motherhood, I can safely profess that there are really no ground rules for feeding your child. It's constant experiments, hits and trials, tears and tribulations, challenges and tough solutions – till you get it right. For instance, earlier on, if I forced the boys to eat the greens on the table, I used to think I was being too strict. If I made a pizza, my sons were happy but I felt guilty, inefficient and inadequate. If I shouted at them for not finishing their roti and dal, they sulked for hours and when we went out, they attacked the burgers and fries. In other words, at any given point in time, either I was unhappy or my sons were unhappy.
What I Did During Road Trips
During one of our road trips, more than a decade ago now, the topic of conversation veered to 'compromise' and just like that, I mentioned that if the boys agreed to eat whatever was put on the table for breakfast and lunch, they would get whatever they want for dinner. Ever since then, food is no longer a stressful affair in our house. I’m happy I got breakfast on my side of this “meal-deal” – after all, it is the most important meal of the day – and it gets done perfectly now! Thankfully there are a few things that my sons and I agree on, such as fruits that we all love to eat, nuts, flavored yogurt, juices and yes – Horlicks! I am happy for all the essential nutrients that this health food drink provides my children and they love the flavors – be it chocolate or classic malt.
For the other two meals, it's generally Indian with the dal and the veggies for lunch (of my choice) and dinner is homemade pasta's, pizza's, hotdogs, foot longs (my children choose the menu for dinner). Weekends are for eating out.
It’s a deal that has worked wonders! “Give some, take some” works with everybody at all ages and stages. To me, this is also a good way of telling my sons that this is what life has in store for them. That their journey down the years is not going to be a bed of roses, and nobody is assuring or promising them that it will be. It's yet a good ride, one that needs to be enjoyed to the fullest. As far as the food goes, I would say I cracked this one for sure by striking the perfect meal-deal... and proudly so!
Did you find the life experience shared by Saguna useful? Are you thinking of striking a meal-deal with your child too? Do share (in the comments section below) – we are eager to hear about your experiences and experiments!
Disclaimer: This is an awareness drive powered by Horlicks to emphasize the importance of micronutrients in a child’s diet.