Many parents take interest in feeding their kids well and strive to raise healthy eaters. There are often bumps along the road as we sort through scores of nutrition advice and information. We’ve heard all sorts of questions from parents, so in our new series, we’ll dive deeper into five key elements that pave the way for successful feeding. This series is adapted from talks Samantha conducts as a registered dietitian.
Part V – Look to the Future
The final key in raising great eaters is, in some ways, the most difficult. Looking to the future can be a challenge when we’re caught up in the day-to-day challenges of feeding. It can seem like a lifetime away. Staying focused on the future allows the other keys the best opportunity to work. It also involves some letting go. (Case in point: the above photo of Stacey’s son, Myer, enjoying his first cupcake!)
Looking to the future in terms of your child’s eating requires a trust in the larger process at work, that as your child develops and grows, you are setting the stage for a healthy eater. Trusting in the process and letting go are certainly easier said than done. When we’re knee deep in battling at the table or frustrated over the lack of variety our child eats, it’s a challenge to think ahead. But it also keeps the momentum going to know that how your child eats when they are older is the ultimate goal. Raising a great eater requires thinking long term about their future ability to feed themselves well, as teens and into adulthood.
Relax and enjoy this time feeding children and establishing healthful, balanced habits. Review all five keys to help focus you on priority areas and trust your child in eating. Seek out other parents for support. Find resources to strengthen your knowledge about nutrition. And of course, enjoy one another’s company at the table.
Questions to Consider:
– What resources do I need to support me in this feeding journey?
– Would it help to talk with other parents about their feeding styles?
– What goals do I have for my child as an older teen and adult in terms of eating well?
We hope you’ve enjoyed this series! What are your suggestions for seeing the big picture when it comes to raising healthy eaters?