We've said for almost a year now, that the best way to teach our kids a healthy habit - any habit - is to be a role model for them. For your kids to see you exercising or practicing patience and yes, eating healthy and trying new foods.
Well, now we have science to back it up: a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that moms who had healthy diets and just encouraged their kids to eat healthier had more success at getting their kids to choose healthy foods.
It was a study of low-income moms, but really, this news is something I think is important for all of us moms - instead of banishing bad-for-you foods or ordering kids to eat their veggies, if we talk about and show by example how to have a healthy diet, our kids will respond better. By choosing better as to what we have in the house, what we eat or drink (hello, three cans of soda!), we can really impact how our kids view eating. Even when we have days with lots of sweets, talking to them about moderation is a huge plus.
In this age of childhood obesity and diet-related health woes, this is one piece of advice we can all get behind.
Do you try to eat better now that you have kids? How do you show them a healthy diet?