Give the Gift of Enjoying Food this Festive Season

Give the Gift of Enjoying Food this Festive Season

The festive season is filled with family, fun and food – yay, you say!

As a parent, you’re not alone if all the party food on offer at this time of year makes you feel a little uneasy.

Here are three tips to help your family have a positive relationship with food.

1. Be flexible

The important thing is to take a relaxed flexible approach and try not to get too worried about it. Most children will manage how much and what they eat themselves. Making a big deal about or saying ‘no’ to certain foods can actually make them more appealing.

How and what you do most of the time with food and eating is more important than a few days of the year

In all the excitement, young children often forget to eat food at parties. Have some food handy to give your child after the party to reduce the risk of a post-party meltdown.

2. Bring a simple plate

If you are bringing a dish to share, think seasonal, fresh and local where you can.

Keep food simple so it is familiar to children and they can eat it easily. You may find a simple fresh fruit platter goes down better than a flash fruit salad or pudding.

Fresh or roasted vegetables cut up and served with a dipping sauce can be more popular than a fancy salad.

A cheese plate with bread and crackers is often a simple winner.

Make sure water is available for everyone.

3. Keep it positive

Eating should be enjoyable and help bring friends and family together. Positive eating experiences create memories for children that last.

You and your child will have a much more enjoyable time if you are not worrying about what your child is or isn’t eating.

Enjoy the festive fare without joining in any ‘diet talk’ yourself.

This is a valuable gift you can give your children that will keep on giving.