As a mum, I just want the best for my kids. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s true. I want them to be happy, and I want them to be healthy. To be honest, I think that’s probably all most parents want for their kids. Well, that and for them to bring you the odd cuppa every now and then.
Making healthy choices
Since we want our kids to be happy and healthy, it’s up to us to encourage and nurture them in leading an active, healthful, positive lifestyle. It’s up to us to ingrain habits and choices that will serve them throughout their lives – both emotionally and physically. This includes healthy eating choices, which often leads to how they approach food and nutrition later in life.
This isn’t always an easy road – I’m sure we’ve all faced a rejected dinner at some stage or another throughout our parental journeys! However, it’s important to remember that part of this is for our kids to learn how to make good choices for themselves. They need to have a sense of control and autonomy over food decisions. With that in mind, perhaps forcing them to eat that rejected dinner isn’t necessarily the best way forward!
A positive relationship with food
I believe it’s important to find ways to facilitate a positive relationship with food – so that they WANT to make good choices. A big part of this is balance. Restricting food often means a big blow out later – for kids and adults. I know for me personally, if I tell myself I’m not allowed to have something, pretty soon it’s all I can think about, and then all of a sudden I’m splurging on it. So I allow myself and my kids little treats now and then, and just make sure that the rest of the time we’re eating more nutritiously. Sustainable positive food relationships are maintained by what you do most of the time.
Another important aspect of fostering good food choices is finding stuff that benefits their bodies AND makes their tastebuds happy. After all, even as adults, it doesn’t matter whether something is good for us or not – if it doesn’t taste good, we won’t be having much of it! So it’s really important to find food and drink that ticks both boxes.
That’s why I love MILO. My active, growing-faster-than-I-can-emotionally-cope-with 10 year old gets essential nutrients like calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals in each cup of MILO with milk; plus it tastes great so he’s always keen to drink it. He makes a glass of MILO with milk most mornings to have with his breakfast. I love that he’s at the age that he can sort all that out for himself! I also know he sometimes won’t eat much during the day because he’s too busy playing (but then comes home and eats everything in the house), so it’s so good to know he’s heading off to school well nourished. He has his cuppa, if I’m lucky he’ll make one too – so we’re both happy. Got to be a winner!
This article was written by Bunny Kim. Bunny was sponsored by Nestlé to write this blog for the MILO Hero Mums promotion and was provided with complimentary product and remuneration. However, these views are the personal opinions of Bunny and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.
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