How to be a good food role model

How to be a good food role model

Children notice everything their parents do and say in front of them. If we expect them to eat their fruit or finish their sausages, we must do the same!


It’s an easy trap to fall into – ‘do as I say and not as I do’! Because babies and small children might not eat the kinds of dishes we adults do, we tend to keep our eating habits separate. However, even by the time your child is a toddler, there is no reason why most of your meals can’t be really very similar, if not the same, and that goes for the treats you enjoy too.

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  • Just as a bad temper or a fear of dogs will be easily passed on when a child sees your behaviour and learns from it, a resistance to tomatoes or a tendency to add salt to every meal before you have tried it will quickly rub off on your children.
  • Although children don’t need as many calories as grown ups do, that doesn’t mean it’s an excuse to load yourself up with twice as many treats as them. Make sure that children see you regard tempting snacks as a treat to be enjoyed and not taken for granted.
  • Don’t get too obsessive about food. If you are preoccupied with diets, you risk creating a child who develops an unhealthy attitude to food. This could lead to problems like anorexia and an overly self-conscious and negative view of their own body. Even if you are watching your weight, make sure you are discreet, and that your diet is healthy.

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