There are a couple ways that parents use to prevent kids from eating foods that the parents do not want them to…at least in large quantities, in some families at all. Many parents have heard “there is no right way to parent.” While I agree, all parents are allowed to parent in their own way, I believe parents often use methods which are familiar to them, and many do not realise there are other ways.
Restrictions – this is extremely common for parents to use, especially if parents are worried about their kids being overweight. Many parents believe if they prevent a kid from eating a food, they will not want it. Although this is used by many parents and governments, it often backfires and makes the kids want the food even more.
Using food as a reward – this one is easily used in situations parents are trying to get their kid to do something. It is so easy when a kid is asking for something, like ice cream, to say “if you sit still for a haircut, we can go for ice cream after” or “if you’re quiet, I’ll give you a special snack.”
I get it, parenting is really difficult sometimes. It’s frustrating, it’s uncontrollable, it’s unpredictable sometimes. You may have lots of worries – you are worried your kid will be healthy, strong, tall, not overweight, not eat too much, eat the right foods, and the list goes on and on. You may have used one or both of the previous tactics previously, and if you have, no worries.
Over the next couple weeks, we’ll discuss the two tactics in more detail. I’d love to hear your stories of how you have used these tactics and how it is gone for you and if you have any concerns.