This is a serious problem with kids of this generation. I see all my friends complaining about their kids being too much fond of chocolates, cakes, packed foods and junk fast foods. Especially outside food or non home-made food.
Has anyone ever given a thought how do they develop this habit? Where do they develop this taste from ? It is not generation or gene :)
It is we who give them that!! Surprised!! Okay here it's how.
--Mom is busy with office work.. no time to cook.. on her way back she picks up a burger or frankie or whatever with an excuse that this is just one day today (which is never just once, usually).
--When kids cry, we give them a chocolate. When we want something get
done from them, we bribe them with a chocolate or ice cream.
--We keep quick cook packets like maggi, croissant, cakes or soup mixes to feed our kids when there is nothing else to give him.
--When guests or extended family come home, they get chocolates, cakes and ice creams for our small little cutie pie.
We are so much used to these soft drinks and quick foods that we end up giving a bite or two to kids when we eat them. And kids develop the taste.
Please stop immediately. They are very very unhealthy. No matter whatever the brand has to say about it.
These are some small small instances where kids get to know about such foods and start to love the taste and develop a habit over the time. No matter how busy you are, it hardly takes time to prepare khichadi or upma or just a simple dosa. Some veggies added to them with some cheese would give yumm taste that kids love.
Imagine, how you love or miss something calling "Maa ke haath ka khana .. " Give that to your kids!! If your kids get cranky, leave them alone for sometime. They cry for a min or two, and when no attention is given to them they stop on their own. This is kids' tendency, to cry more when they are given attention. Hard to do it, but then you need to be strict for your kid's good health.
No matter what your kid is presented with from guests, please keep that away from them. Feed that back to the guests or there is always store or thrash :)
If kids are kept away from these devils for the initial five to seven years, they will develop good habits on food. Over time, even if they are given an option of burger over a chapati, trust me they will choose chapati. Mine does!! (he is just 4) and he loves home food.
Educate your kids about nutrition. About vitamins, protein, calcium. They are never too young to learn anything. You will decide their learning levels based on how much you teach them. So go on giving as much as you can.
Give up your bad food habits and start on healthy and fresh home made food if you want that out of your child. because you know it well, children learn from us. :)
So moms .. lets join the mission of healthy food.. kids will automatically join in :)!!
*This is my first article on WoM :) Feels nice to write it and hope you all like it.