Ideally, children choose the amount of food they want to eat and parent the quality of food. In this sense, parents should be responsible for:
- Choose the quality of the food that you are going to give your children: proteins, vegetables, fruits, healthy oils and dairy.
- Establish eating routines such as breakfast, lunch and dinner times.
- Have established a place for breakfast, lunch and dinner that is always the same, such as the kitchen or dining room table.
On the other hand, children will have the responsibility to:
- Decide whether or not to taste the food.
- Decide whether or not to eat the food.
- Decide how much food they eat at each meal.
Children are connected with their sensations and know perfectly well when they want to continue eating more and when it is time to stop. By being connected to their body and listening to it, they are able to make these decisions. Something that, for example, adults are not so capable of achieving. On many occasions, adults eat without hunger, out of gluttony, boredom or sadness.
This does not happen to children, they know how to control the right amount of food they should take.
Respect your children
In this sense, it is necessary that you respect the decisions of your children regarding their diet. It encourages the connection with their body, since in many cases we adults have lost it and we have grown up with phrases such as: “If you don’t finish everything, you don’t get up from the table” or “If you don’t finish everything: no You go out / you don’t have dessert / you will be punished ”, etc. Some phrases that undoubtedly disrespected us and forced us to have a bad relationship with food.
It is your responsibility to be aware that your children must learn to have a good relationship with food and that eating is not a continuous conflict. Avoid stress at all costs when it comes to eating so that everyone can live together and enjoy each other and the food you eat.
Your children need to eat less than you, just look at how much they eat to get an idea of how much they need. For example, maybe a 2-year-old with two tablespoons of rice, two tablespoons of meat, and two tablespoons of yogurt will be satiated. The amount of food you need is less than you think and that does not mean that you are not eating well, you are eating what your body needs.
Keep in mind that there will be days that they eat more and days that your children eat less. This is normal. Remember that she has a certain connection with her body and that it must be respected. Only if you think he is having nutritional problems due to a poor diet, then take him to the pediatrician so he can guide you on a good diet.