You’re the parent! It’s your job to supply nutritious food. Your child’s job is to decide how much and if they will eat.
Should your child not want the snack on offer, that’s their choice.
Stand firm, lead by example and enjoy the food you’ve prepared. Your child won’t die of starvation.
Some final tips:
- Rather than refer to your snacks as ‘healthy snacks’, just refer to them as snacks
- When parents provide, eat, and enjoy nutritious foods, this becomes the norm: Your kids follow your example. If you don’t eat vegetables or dairy, your child won’t want to either. ‘Do as I do’ is better than ‘do as I say’
The key is moderation. If you’re out for the day and decide to buy a meal, enjoy it, and supplement your day with snacks from home. It’ll save you money, calories, and set a good example for your kids.
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