Khabir's tips and Tricks for Child care
- Go food shopping together – Only in health food stores so their choices will be safe. Make them as part of your shopping, bring them along, and let them chose their favorite leafy, green, and yellow vegetables and fruits. The more colorful foods mean more nutrients intake. Talk about future meals together.
- Get creative in the kitchen – Cut the food nicely with their help, not them cutting the food but assisting you, and let them make some suggestions like putting on cheese, adding yogurt, adding olives, etc.
- Only have in the house healthy foods, period – If healthy food is all they see and the only choices have, they will start picking the ones they like. Let children have different favorites, variations, and combinations, and don't think that every child needs to eat the same thing. Give them two or three healthy choices.
- Teach them how much animals love vegetables – Gorillas eat half their body weight in greens per day and don't forget the herbivore dinosaurs they ate whole trees.
- Educate don't dictate food advice – Let them know that not all parents teach this stuff to their children and they are lucky and they can teach their children. Teach the knowledge like wisdom not a bunch of rules.
- Be flexible and let them eat it the way they want – On bread, with butter, with their hands, mixed together, etc. who cares? It's all good food and he or she is eating it that is what is important.
- Offer a nibble tray –Toddlers like to graze their way through a variety of foods, so why not offer them a customized smorgasbord? Use an ice-cube tray, a muffin tin, or a compartmentalized dish, and put bite-size portions of colorful and nutritious foods in each section.
- Dip it. Spread it. Top it – Young children think that immersing foods in a tasty dip is pure fun (and delightfully messy). Cottage cheese or tofu dip, fruit juice-sweetened preserves, guacamole, peanut butter, pureed fruits or vegetables, yogurt.
- Spread it –Toddlers like spreading, or more accurately, smearing. Show them how to use a table knife to spread cheese, peanut butter, and fruit concentrate onto crackers, toast, or rice cakes.
- Vegetable tricks – Serve veggies first. Steam your greens. Use vegetables as finger foods and dip them in a favorite sauce or dip. Camouflage vegetables with a favorite sauce.
- Plant a garden with your child. Let them cook
- Use a child-sized table and chair where their feet touch the ground.
- Make every calorie count. Count on inconsistency. Relax.
- Reward with attention and complements – Don't reward with cookies or chocolate if they did something good. You are supporting poor eating habits in this way. Praise them for their smart choices and healthy eating habits.
- Don't be a restaurant cooking expert with everything your child wants – Give them some choices and take into consideration their digestive type and even state of health but don't go down the slippery slope of preparing whatever the child wants.
- Don't let your child do the shopping – Your child is supposed to be learning from you not telling you what to do!
- Reward smartly – A sweet gesture is enough to reward your kid. Give them a sweet smile, big hug, or pat on the shoulder. This develops a sense of esteem and confidence in them.