We adopt more of what we see than what we hear and the same goes for the kids. Children observe the behaviour of their parents and people around them and their eating habits too are likely to reflect their parents’ habits. And since parents have the highest amount of influence on their children, it’s important to set a good example.
When children start eating a variety of food items and develop taste, the eating pattern goes through rapid evolution and food they eat play a central role in building the dietary habits and preferences. Parents influence the child when it comes to building their taste and eating habits by making the right food available for them. But if the same Indian parent makes mac and cheese too for her child, he/she is bound to develop the taste for it as well.
Raising a child with only healthy food habits can be a daunting task and it need not always be that the child would agree to consume only healthy meals. What is important is that the parent needs to expose their child to a wider variety of food items from an early age. But kids are bound to reject food items that are new to them and it may take some time before they develop a liking for it. Serving the appropriate quantity as per the age is very crucial. As the child grows, the size of the portion served needs to grow as well.
Children learn about food through direct experience of what is served to them and also from the eating behaviour of people around them. Parents’ feeding approach depends and varies as per their individual child’s growth goals and their culture. We also know that these cultural, social, and physiological factors form a base to identify the ideal weight for their child. Parents’ intervention is needed to improve the offering of healthy foods, avoid restrictive and coercive feeding practices, and also serve as a role model for healthy eating habits.
Experts state that 60% of a child’s growth and bone development is achieved by the age of 6, making it the most crucial growth phase for a child. We see a positive shift in their mental and physical health. Right nutrition at this time is the key to the right development.
But we also know that not all children are ready to eat food that is served to them and some have a very low diet as related to their age. This puts a parent in a dilemma. How to fix this problem since food is the core of growth and development in a child and needed to keep the energy levels high. And this is when food supplements come into the picture. A healthy and nutrient-rich PediaSure has been the answer to my problem.
The new PediaSure with growth nutrients with Arginine and Vitamin K2 is what a child needs to boost their bones to grow stronger. Arginine is found in protein-rich food items and it stimulates the growth rate in a child. Vitamin K2 which is present in dairy and meat items improves bone health, by activating osteocalcin, a protein that helps calcium reach bones- making them strong and healthy.
While we are building our child’s eating habits, we should not forget that as the child grows, more and more nutritional intake is required. This is to meet their energy levels and not all the needs can be fulfilled by food, and there can be nutritional gaps at times. What steps do you take as a parent to make sure your eating habits have a positive influence on your kids?