7 Common Mistakes to Avoid for Getting Healthier at Home

Writer Gabrielle Tüscher | July 23, 2014

Have you ever demanded your kids to clean their plate? Are you offering them too many snacks? Find out some of the most common nutrition mistakes parents make when feeding their toddlers and learn how to avoid them.

as parents, we try our best to ensure our children are reaping all the benefits of eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet. Whether your children are overweight, underweight, or perfectly fine, you probably still worry about how and what they’re eating, and often the fear of making mistakes can ensure that common ones end up arising. Let’s take a look at some mistakes parents make when feeding their children and how you can avoid them to create a healthier, happier home.



MISTAKE #1: ENCOURAGING KIDS TO JOIN THE ‘CLEAN PLATE CLUB’


For the most part, healthy young children eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full. They’re following their natural, internal cues, and you shouldn’t mess around with that by encouraging them to eat past the point of fullness. Teaching your kids to be in tune with their own hunger and fullness cues will allow them to have a comfortable relationship with food and avoid overeating as they grow older.


Recent studies have also shown that all children, regardless of age, eat more when served larger portions. In other words, the more we put on their plates, the more they will eat – regardless of how full they are. The two takeaways from this?


1. Do not encourage or bribe your kids to clean their plate.


2. Provide small to moderate portions at meals (except vegetables – those are unlimited, of course). Encourage them to eat until they are comfortably full, and allow them additional servings if they request them.

Control what you can, and allow your kids some freedom of choice – within reason