Does getting your kids to eat vegetables seem like an impossible task? Is it making your mealtimes stressful? Here are my top 10 tips for getting kids to eat their vegetables stress free!
1. Lead by example
The old saying ‘monkey see, monkey do’ absolutely rings true with vegetables, we need to practice what we preach & role model enjoying vegetables to encourage our littlies to do the same and to normalise this behaviour. Studies indicate children of parents who eat more vegetables are more likely to eat more vegetables themselves.
2. Positive, positive, positive
Create as many positive experiences with kids and vegetables as possible, it may be as simple as singing a song about vegetables, reading books, growing vegetables, playing with vegetable toys, drawing vegetables, vegetable colouring in, vegetable craft, etc etc . Some parents also find it helpful to arrange vegetables on the plate to create a picture or cut vegetables...
We all know breast is best- you don't need me to tell you that, but I was totally naïve about how hard breastfeeding can be! I went to all the pre-natal classes and had this rosy expectation that after I delivered our precious baby we would have beautiful skin to skin bonding where the baby would then just migrate down & voila, child is feeding! It's natural, doesn't it just happen- apparently not! The more I talk to people, the more I now realise that for many, it doesn't just happen, it can be hard & for me having great support, was the only reason I got there.
Miss E arrived at 36 weeks (that's another story!), largely healthy & well. I will never forget that first moment I held my beautiful girl & the overwhelming love I felt instantly (I'm tearing up now), we shared skin to skin contact and across the afternoon tried to feed, but Miss E just wasn't ready. After no success it was time to express, to share those precious drops of colostrum....