Teaching your children about the importance of choosing healthy options when eating is something that every parent may struggle with. It can be a sensitive topic, as you don’t want to make your child have a difficult relationship with food, however you want to set them up to have good habits in the future. Food education doesn’t have to be toxic or stressful—it can be incredibly fun and rewarding. Because many parents may struggle with this topic, we’ve created this guide on educating your child on healthy choices by starting a vertical garden planter, talking about nutrition, and setting a good example for your children to mirror.
Growing Your Own Food With a Vertical Garden Planter
One of the best ways to teach your child about healthy foods is by having easy access to them. We prefer a vertical vegetable garden, as you can grow both in urban and rural areas while taking up minimal space. By letting your kids be a part of the growing process, you’re not only teaching them about foods that will help them grow big and strong, but you’re also teaching them about gardening and agriculture. Make it a fun, daily ritual to check up on your garden—the more of a game it seems, the more your child will be engaged with your educational efforts.
Teaching Them About Nutrition the Right Way
Something incredibly important to keep in mind when teaching your child about healthy eating and nutrition is to never label foods as “bad” or keep them completely off-limits, as this is an easy way for your child to begin down a road of a negative relationship with food. Teach them which foods will help them grow taller and stronger while also making sure to help them understand that there are no foods that are inherently bad, just foods that shouldn’t be eaten in large quantities because they can cause more harm than good to our bodies. By making sure to approach this topic in a strategic and healthy manner, you’ll be able to teach your children about the importance of eating healthy while also building a solid foundation of nutrition.
Setting a Good Example
Your kids look up to you and will mirror many of your actions—because of this, you should always be setting the best example in all aspects of your life, especially food. If you have an unhealthy relationship with food or aren’t eating nutritious foods yourself, your child may start to form these habits as well or question why you’re allowed to eat unhealthy foods but they aren’t. By being a good example and acting in the way you want your child to act, you’ll be able to set a good precedent for food that will help them for the rest of their lives.
Being Kind, Patient, and Non-Judgemental
The most important part of teaching your kids about nutrition and what foods they should eat is by approaching it in the kindest and healthiest way possible. In order to set good habits for your child during their teen and adult years, you need to approach this topic in a very kind and non-judgemental way. This way, eating healthy is viewed in a positive light rather than your child becoming stressed at the thought of it. Staying kind and not shaming your child for the foods that they want to eat or the way that they look will help them to learn to have a healthy relationship with food and grow big and strong.
It can seem overwhelming to have conversations about nutrition with your child, however it can be an educational and enlightening experience for everyone involved if done correctly. By staying kind and informative, you’ll be setting them up for success for the rest of their lives. By growing your own food, staying kind, and having important conversations, educating on the importance of eating foods that make us stronger will be a lot less stressful and can help your child feel better about themselves. Looking for more parental advice? Check out our blog and video resources for more information on raising your child in the best way possible.