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•Try to make sweets sometimes treat rather than every day.
•Don’t use it as a reward anymore.
•Encourage your child to enjoy natural sweets and delicious foods like fruits.
•Emphasize that fruits not only taste great but also help to keep the body healthy and strong.
•Give him a good mix of fruits, vegetables, protein foods, dairy foods, and grains.
•Choose sugar-free candies whenever possible, and make compromises.
As salamu ‘alaykum,
Dear sister, great are the responsibilities that lies upon the mother’s shoulders. Not only does she care for her children’s faith, manners, studies, friends, chase them all the time for prayers, but also their health, fitness and nutrition.
It is very important for a child or a grown-up to eat a healthy balanced diet as this is the way where our bodies can maintain good levels of each nutrient.
Al hamdulillah that this mission, although sometimes difficult, yet it is one of life’s pleasures.
Healthy eating patterns
When it comes to food, it is imperative that we teach our children healthy eating patterns as we can’t watch them all the time.
These patterns are taught from their early childhood where the taste bud starts before they develop bad habits.
Looking at any Food Pyramid Guide, you will get a good idea about the right percentage and amount of food from different food groups.
It is also so clear that sweets are on the top of the pyramid as they are needed in the least amount possible.
Sweets lead to hyperactivity
Consuming a lot of sweets may lead to obesity. As they contain a lot of calories, and unfortunately, they are Empty Calories (without beneficial vitamins and minerals your body needs to grow and keep working like it should.).
Sweets are also the cause of a lot of cavities. Eating sweets in excess can affect their mode and cause them to be hyperactive and nervous. Later they will be lethargic.
Sometimes (in fact a lot of times) it is our fault that they eat sweets in excess as we use it as a bribe. So they will do something or behave in a particular way.
Other children consume a lot of sweets not just because they taste good, but also because sweets make them feel good. So dealing with the reasons is a part of the solution.
So, the rule of thumb that you asked for is:
-Try to make sweets sometimes treat rather than every day.
-Don’t use it as a reward anymore. Research has shown that a child’s preference for a given food increases significantly when the food is presented as a reward.
But instead, use no edible ones e.g. a sticker chart, an activity he’s been looking forward to, social rewards (attention, recognition, praise, and thanks) affirm a child’s worth etc.
Develop healthy Habits
-Encourage your child to enjoy naturally sweet and delicious food. Like fruits, and emphasize that fruits not only taste great but also help to keep the body healthy and strong
-Give him a good mix of fruits, vegetables, protein foods, dairy foods, and grains. Then, there will naturally be a smaller part left for the bad stuff in his diet.
-Choose sugar-free candies whenever possible, and make compromises. You can have a small serve of cake or a piece of candy or a small cup of soft drink but not all of them and not daily.
(Note that soft drinks usually have a lot of sugar in them which you do not need, they are also dangerous to our bodies on the long run especially those which contain cola)
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Develop healthy habits
In helping our children developing healthy habits it is not right to eliminate sweets totally from their diet…
First, this will lead to the opposite result and they may eventually love it even more.
Second, this could push them to lie while eating it behind your back which is much more serious problem as fixing teeth is much easier than “fixing” khuluq (manners).
So moderation and balance are the keywords here. This world is created in balance and so was our bodies try not to spoil this balance
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