How to Speak & How Not to Speak with Children About Food
In this day and age of social media, your voice as mom or dad can easily get lost amid the hashtags and hype about fad diets and skinny jeans. But as parents, it’s our job to teach kids healthy eating habits to shape their relationship with food for life. The way you communicate about food can help prevent children from having weird food hang-ups or dysfunctional issues with body image. By using the right words, you can help your children develop a positive connection with food and their body image, hopefully dodging many psychological obstacles that can challenge adults.
To put you on the right track for what to say and what not to say to your kids, Dana Weiner, Director of the Nutrition Department at Sheba Medical Center, shares the following tips:
Bargaining with dessert isn’t a good deal.
“Remember, your focus should be on teaching kids to infuse their body with nutritious foods that strengthen their bodies and minds, and help keep them healthy!” says Weiner. “This advice goes for parents too, because if you obsess over cutting calories or weight loss instead of eating for health, it’s impossible to communicate to your kids the correct messages about food.”