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Having fights over family dinner? Is family dinner time stressful and more of a family fight? Cooking and eating meals together is a great way to implement healthy eating habits as a family. However, unpleasant food fights with your children can set any healthy eating plan awry.
Ways to End Fights Over Family Dinner
1. Set boundaries. Make sure that all family members understand their role at mealtime. Parents are responsible for the food and beverages served, where the meal is served, and making meal times pleasant. Children are responsible for deciding whether to eat and how much.
2. Avoid Forcing Children to Eat. While the desire to have your children try healthy foods is positive, know that kids like foods less if they are forced to eat them.
3. Set an Example. Instead of forcing kids to eat certain foods, model the habits you want your children to develop, and enjoy the foods you want them to like. Children learn table manners by watching adults model them. If your children see you enjoying fruits and vegetables, they will be much more likely to voluntarily eat fruits and vegetables. If you treat healthy eating as a chore, your children will also see it that way.
4. Minimize distractions. When you sit down for meal time, turn off the tv and mobile devices for a reasonable amount of time. Treat dinner as a special occasion, and as an opportunity to sit down and spend time together.
5. Have reasonable expectations. It takes time for kids to master new skills, such as table manners. Also, set expectations in relation to age. Encourage your kids in a positive way, and find ways to make healthy eating enjoyable for everyone.
If you still need guidance or support in creating happy, healthy mealtimes, consider working with our Health Coaches. Health coaches can support you in everything from planning and shopping for meals, developing new recipes, and meeting the individual nutritional needs of your family members.
Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach
What should you consider when sports programs for kids? The number of sports programs available for kids has grown significantly in recent years. Children now have the opportunity to participate in Little League baseball, youth soccer leagues, community basketball, competitive sports and school sports. With the wide variety of opportunities available, choosing sports programs for kids it can be difficult. Here, 5 things to consider when picking a sports program with your child.
5 considerations when choosing sports programs for kids
- Why You Want Your Child to Participate In Sports:
First, examine why you want your child to participate in sports. If you are pushing the idea but your child does not want to, try to find another way for your child to stay active. Competitive sports can be stressful, especially if the child does not want to be there.
- Don’t Focus on Winning:
The chances of any child becoming a star high school, college or professional athlete are very slim. Sports can help children develop lots of skills, but your focus as a parent should not be on winning. There are many other, long-lasting benefits from participating in team sports that have nothing to do with winning.
The age of your child is a consideration for what sports program you choose. If your child is younger, they may just be looking for a way to have fun and make friends. Look at a less competitive option, like community leagues. Even older children benefit for less competitive programs- they will still be receiving the benefits of physical fitness.
- What Your Child Wants:
Talk to your child about what they are looking for. They will probably have a strong idea of what they are looking for, and working together to choose a program will be beneficial in the long run.
- Be Open Minded:
Team sports are a wonderful way to boost self-confidence, teach the importance of teamwork and contribute to overall fitness, but there are many ways for children to be fit and active without contributing in a team sport.
If you are looking for creative ways for your kids to stay active, consider trying KIDS yoga! Kids yoga at KareBoost Health is open to all kids over 8, and is a fun, creative and non-competitive way for kids to build strength and stay active and flexible. It is a great compliment to the young athlete, and a perfect class for the beginner. We also have fitness coaching where we can work with your child to learn different types of exercises that they can do at home and stay active.
Greg Bing, M.Ed., A.C.E.
Certified Trainer, Youth Fitness Specialist
Does your child have trouble sleeping after a divorce? Every year, more than 1 million US children experience the divorce of their parents, and shared custody and traveling between 2 homes can make it difficult for kids to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Sleep problems can include everything from thumb-sucking and bedwetting in younger children, and insomnia and oversleeping in older children. Here, we will discuss three ways you can help your kids overcome sleep problems after divorce or separation.
What to do if your child has trouble sleeping after a divorce?
- Double Up! To maintain a consistent routine, keep duplicates of favorite bedtime toys, books or music at both homes. This will make traveling between homes easier, and prevent problems due to haste or forgetfulness.
- Communicate. In order to make the transition easier for the child, both parents must communicate with each other. Set ground rules regarding bed times and other night routines. Children who experience two vastly different situations regarding sleeping in two different homes will not be set up for a consistent sleep schedule. It might take very close teamwork to make this happen.
- Talk to your pediatrician. If problems persist, especially once the living situation has stabilized, talk to your pediatrician or consider working with a support group.
Maintaining a consistent sleep is as important for healthy kids as it is for adults especially if your child has had trouble sleeping after a divorce. KareBoost Health offers Kids Yoga, which is a fun, movement based yoga class specifically for kids. Yoga is a great way to move and reduce stress, which can help with better sleep.
Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach
Let’s look at ways to get your kids cooking healthy foods. Cooking more meals at home is a great way to improve health. By cooking at home, you can take control over what you and your family eat. Getting kids involved in various stages of cooking has many benefits. Kids feel good about doing “grown-up” tasks, and are more likely to try foods they have helped make. Here are 5 ways to ways to get your kids cooking and to start involving the whole family in preparing meals.
5 ways to get your kids cooking
1. Start slowly. Children as young as 2 can be active in the kitchen, but know what is appropriate for their age and for your individual child. At 2, expect that kids can hand you items to put away, rinse fruits and vegetables, and place things in the trash. At 3, kids can start stirring batter and kneading dough, and at 4, children can help measure dry ingredients and assemble sandwiches and salads.
2. Incorporate learning. The kitchen is a great way to sneak in time for reading, math and other skills. Is your 3 year old learning to count? Have them count out and name all the fruits and vegetables in a recipe. Read out recipes from a cookbook together, or practice spelling ingredients in a recipe as you cook.
3. Try new recipes. Children are much more likely to try foods they have helped make. Use this knowledge to try out new foods, especially produce. Children as young as 3 can help assemble salads, and peel fruits such as oranges and bananas.
4. Give children choices. Let your kids have input and suggestions. Find a balance between introducing new foods and allowing your kids to suggest their favorites. When children are involved with cooking and you consistently introduce new foods and recipes, you might be surprised which ones quickly become favorites. For those not so healthy favorites, find healthier ways to prepare them and remember, every healthy diet has room for occasional treats.
5. Cast food in a positive light. One of the biggest impacts of teaching your kids to cook is creating a healthy and positive relationship with food. Cooking meals as a family contributes to time together as a family, producing and enjoying something wonderful together.
For more recipes and ideas on how to get kids into the kitchen, our registered dietitian nutritionist and health coaches can help you and your family set up a healthy eating plan and shopping list.
Andrea Berez, MS, RD, CSP
Pediatric Registered Dietitian