It seems to be a constant struggle at our house: healthy eating! I take full responsibility for my girls’ pickiness since it’s a learned behavior. And because my girls see their mother more often with a cupcake in her hand, rather than a stick of asparagus, it’s not a surprise to me. However, I decided it’s time to nip it in the bud!
First of all, we talked about our strong, healthy bodies, and all the amazing things we can do with them! Then, of course, there were demonstrations:
Then the discussion: strong bodies need healthy food…what foods are considered healthy? My girls are visual learners, and hands-on activities work best, so instead of me spouting off the nutritional benefits of green beans versus a green jelly bean (what are my credentials anyway?), I decided to have them create two posters – one of “good” foods, and the other with “NOT-so-good-for-you” foods.
I pulled out the grocery store mailers, food magazines, and catalogs, and gave instructions for them to start cutting out the different pictures of food, based on our two categories.
They went to town on those magazines!
C8 soon found other uses for the scissors…
But we eventually finished with an end product of which they were very proud!
And now, with each of them posted in the kitchen, and Ad’s newfound perspective of good/bad foods, I’ve been put in my place multiple times. Someone’s got to keep me in line!