One of the biggest challenges for parents is to develop healthy eating habits in kids. You read a stack of books or ask your friends for food-related parenting tips. However, in the process, you may have adopted certain feeding techniques based on a few misconceptions. These feeding mistakes are pervasive and entrenched in our society that no one questions them. Here are some common food myths that parents should know about.
Myth 1. Kids Dislike Healthy Food
A common misconception among mothers. They think that french fries, hamburgers, and hot-dogs make their kid’s favorite food list. And mommies make different variants of these foods to make them happy. Yes, it may be true that kids develop a liking towards junk food. But don’t assume that this liking happens naturally and they always hate to have healthy food. The fact is that if you don’t make effort to introduce veggies and fruits, then they may continue loving these junk food.
Myth 2. Sugary Foods Make Kids Hyperactive
Let’s debunk this belief. In fact, no substantial scientific evidence exists to support this claim. There is no connection between sugar and hyperactivity. Any kind of sugary treat does not appear to affect behavior in kids. Well, there are other reasons to avoid a high-sugar diet for kids such as tooth decay and lack of nutrients in sugary foods. Other than that, sugar does not hurt your kid.
Myth 3. Kids Need Extra Special Food
Struggling to make that special kiddy food? These specials may spoil their food taste. Do not decide their menu with a prejudiced mind. If you always offer less spicy, sweet or bland food, they will grow up liking that. Introduce every other flavor in their daily menu. Let them enjoy the same food adults eat. This will help them develop positive eating habits.
Myth 4. Force Feeding Toddlers Is Okay
Forcing toddlers to eat a food they dislike is a common episode in most houses. Mothers often brag about their talent in making sure that their babies eat a full meal. But, you know that after such a meal session, you and your kids usually end up as enemies. Force feeding your kid is not a good idea. It eventually makes them hate the food. When dealing with kids, you should keep in mind that patience is the virtue. You can try feeding them again when both of you are in a happy mood.
Myth 5. Kids Should Not Play With Food
Setting up rules and regulations for your babies during mealtime – don’t you think it’s too much for your small children? We all agree that the cleaning process following a baby’s mealtime is really hard. But kids are supposed to like the food in their own way. Let them touch, handle, and even squash foods. Touch and feel are now seen as a catalyst to healthier eating. Thus, kids who are allowed to mess around with their fruits and vegetables are actually more likely to eat them.
Myth 6. Kids Can’t Regulate Their Intake
“Two more bites and you will get your favorite dessert” – do you say this often to your child? As a good parent who wants their kid to be healthy, you may want to see your kid’s plate clean after a meal. You wish to control their food intake at mealtime, pressuring them to eat more. Well, understand that your kids as they grow, develop a natural ability to regulate their food intake. There are some days when you feel like eating less. Just like that, even they have bad days. While you decide their menu, let your kids decide how much to eat.