Managing food issues
How and what we feed our children can be one of the most fraught areas
of parenting, sometimes leading to feelings of intense worry, guilt or
even shame. Are they eating enough? Are they over eating? When will
they eat more vegetables? How much sugar is too much? When we as
parents add in our own often complex relationships with food, plus the
ever present societal beliefs around health and body image, it becomes
clear why it can feel such an issue.
A tip to increase their 5-a-day
A simple but effective way to encourage children to eat (or at least
try) more fruit and vegetables is to get them involved in one way or
One way of doing this with school aged children (or even
pre-schoolers who are learning their letters) is to write down as many
fruits or vegetables beginning with each letter of the alphabet and get
their agreement to trying one each day. There are some ideas below or
the supermarket shelves are good for inspiration.