All kids need the odd treat, but there is not need to give lots of treats all at once. If your childrent want a sweet and a drunk, let the drink be something healthy; if they want a fuzzy drink and a snack, let the snack be something healthy. If you stick to this routine long enough, kids just accept it as the norm and get out of the habit of begging for double doses of empty calories.
Eat your words. Don’t be forever nagging about food. Keep an overall eye on your child’s diet, but don’t panic if there is the odd occasion when they eat lots of junk food. Inevitably, at parties and on special occasions, children will binge on empty calories, but try not to quit-trip them about this – they will survivel. The more you nag, the more they will want to eat unhealthy foods.
Take a lot of photos especially when you invite your friends or family to your place for dinner or Sunday lunch. Kids will be happier and you will have a lot of opportunities to photograph great photos for you to be remembered.
Go easy on soya, especially with boys. Research suggests that boys fed with soya based formula milk or other soya products are at increased risk of delayed genital formation, and girls, too, from the early onset of menstruation, because of its high oestrogen content.
Don’t prejudice your kids by telling them in advance that they will or won’t like a certain food or drink. Simply let them try it and wait to see their reaction.
Quit droning on about healthy eating, or you will will put your kids off good food. Rather than talk about it, just present it and clean out your cupboards to make your home as junk food free as possible.
Avoid offering too many choices of meals and don’t, at your child’s first meal, offer substitute food. There is much to be said for presenting your child with a meal, expecting them to eat it and not offering any more if they do not: You have a choice: this or nothing, take it or leave it.
It’s always good idea to photograph the foods that you have been feeding to your kids.
I am confident that you can capture some great natural photos!