Parents want their children to grow up to be fit and strong. One way to ensure their well-being is to encourage your teen to make the right food choices. If they learn to eat healthy foods at home, they are much more likely to continue eating in the same manner when they move away from home.
There are a number of ways to encourage your teen to make the right food choices. One of the most important is to have regular family meals. Many families have busy schedules these days. One parent has to work late, teens have after school jobs or sports, and even children have activities planned. It’s no wonder families often eat at different times and become disconnected from one another.
The benefits of eating meals together as a family are varied. Eating together gives your family the time it needs to reconnect. You have more control over what foods your family eats. Your teens are also less likely to become involved in drugs and alcohol.
Another way to encourage your teen to eat the right foods is to be a role model for them. If they see you eating junk food on a regular basis and yet you tell them to eat foods which are good for them, they could see you as a hypocrite. However, the reverse is also true. If your teen sees you making good food choices, they’ll see how important you feel eating healthfully is and will be more likely to follow suit.
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