ParentDish asks an important question, “What kind of eating habits are you passing on to your kids?” Let’s have a look-see:
I grew up hating to cook, mostly because in my family that was what girls/women were expected to do (my father never prepared a meal for our family in my entire childhood.) And only recently have come around to the idea that cooking can be fun.It’s a great question. Dr. Fuhrman will tell you, the way you eat SERIOUSLY influences the way your kids eat. Here’s a quote from his book Disease-Proof Your Child:
My husband on the other hand, came from a family of vivacious Italians who love to cook and love to eat. Overrating is an art form at their house. You get your money's worth at buffets. Snacking is a regular night time activity. Food is rich and decadent: fresh sausages with basil; fresh mozzarella; canolis; ricotta; Panchito. My husband is a dream in the kitchen. Give him any five ingredients and he can make a five-star meal.
We want to come to some sort of balance between us: sharing with Bean a vivacious enjoyment of food and food culture; while also modeling the healthful moderate eating habits that lead to lifelong health.
As parents, we must be consistent, but not perfect. Likewise, it is okay for the children to be consistent, but not perfect either. For example, if the parents decide that an unhealthy food or a restaurant meal is acceptable for the children once per week, then that goes for the adults, too. Setting an example supported by both parents is the most important and most effective way for your children to develop a healthy attitude toward food.Who would have thought—kids are easily influenced! No. You don’t say?