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Here at UK Kids Golf we are committed to not only providing great golfing opportunities for your young golfer but also the information you require to make their relationship with golf a long term success. We have teamed up with a number of leading experts in the fields of Nutrition, Fitness, Psychology and Coaching to make sure you have everything you need to keep your kid on course.

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How to Motivate Young Children to Eat Healthly 9th January 2011

One of our responsibilities as parents is to teach our children how to choose healthy food. Eating a balanced diet is one way our children can grow up to have healthy bodies and avoid illnesses in the future.

When it comes to teaching young children, a lecture on what a healthy diet looks like is the last thing that will work. Here are some ideas you can consider:

1. For very young children, injecting an element of fun into food is always a good way to make eating healthy an enjoyable experience. A lot of our food preferences are tied to the positive and negative experiences we had of them in the past. Making sure healthy food triggers happy memories is a good way to ensure they continue to choose healthy food long after they've left our care.

2. Constantly expose your children to a wide variety of healthy food. The more you expose them, the more comfortable they will be with eating the right kind of food. Plus, it shows them that eating healthy doesn't mean they're restricted to a limited menu.

3. Praise them for trying, but don't punish them for not liking food. When we make them feel bad about not liking some of the food that we serve, it makes them reluctant to try new things. Realize that some flavors tend to be acquired tastes, and by being patient and by offering those foods periodically, we can train our children's palates to enjoy them eventually. Or if not, then take comfort in the fact that there are plenty of other healthy food out there with more agreeable flavors that you can introduce your children to.

4. Share family meals. Children will love eating the food that they see their parents enjoy. When you share family meals, you show them by your example how to keep a healthy and balanced diet. So pay attention to your own food preferences and eating habits because your children will pick them up, too.

5. Get your children involved in the kitchen. Young children love to help out. Giving them simple tasks in the kitchen can give them a better appreciation of the food that they eat. It is also a great way to educate them on the different ingredients that go into their favorite food and why they're good for our bodies.

6. Eat healthy when eating out. Fast foods are tempting, and going to the same restaurant is comforting, but if we want to raise healthy eaters, then we should bring our kids to discover new cuisines. Aside from teaching our children how to appreciate the rich flavors of food, it's also a fun activity the entire family can enjoy!

7. Engage in sports and exercise together. Kids tend to emulate what their parents do. When we exercise and engage in sports, our kids can see how much fun they are and they will want to do it, too. Aside from that, encouraging them to engage in exercise and sports teaches them how to care for their bodies.

Simon Jackson
Founder UK Kids Golf


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