People often ask my husband and I how we get our kids to eat real food. While we don’t pretend to be experts in this area, we are certainly happy to share what’s worked for us in hopes that it will be helpful for you.
First and foremost, we provide only real food for them to eat. We don’t bring junk food into our house, so they’ve never learned to associate home with eating junk. It’s one thing to tell kids to eat their veggies. It’s another thing entirely to model that for them.
Next, we get them involved in the preparation of our food whenever possible. Sometimes this takes *enormous* amounts of patience on my part because I know I could do it faster/better/cleaner — but I also know that doesn’t teach them anything. At just 9 and 11 years old, our kids have already surprised us with several killer 4-course meals from scratch! The best part is seeing how proud they are of their delicious creations.
And finally, we look for every opportunity to teach them why we choose to eat what we eat. At this point they have a very good understanding of how their bodies work, why we sometime crave processed food, and how to tune in and really listen to what their bodies are truly craving instead.
It is my sincere hope that these early experiences will equip them with the tools to make mostly good decisions for the rest of their lives. They know that we fully trust them and don’t expect perfection either. Good enough is always good enough.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Does this give you any food for thought with your own children? Leave a comment below.