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Grandparents Promote Healthy Eating Habits in Kids

One idle activity when browsing the internet is to graze. Grazers, as a rule, don't think about what they're putting in their mouths and unintentionally consume many more and usually less healthy - calorie choices than conscious eaters. If those grazers are grandparents minding the kids whilst their parents are at work, they could unintentionally be teaching poor eating habits to their grandchildren.

Learning by imitating.

A child's job, simply put, is to grow up; however, children learn by copying adults and their eating choices can be directly influenced for the better by setting a conscious example. For instance, instead of snacking on a plate of cookies, opt for apple slices instead. This will send the message that this is a good food to snack on while relaxing.

Healthy food during fun activities.

The natural leisure time a grandparent has with their grandchildren shouldn't be underestimated either; fun picnics in the garden don't have to be chips and cakes. Salads and grilled chicken are a tasty alternative and again enforce the association that these foods are connected with fun activities.

Serve presentable food to the picky eaters.

Having said that, some children are naturally picky eaters - the texture or color of some foods may put them off or be unsettling to them. It's worth trying to hide vegetables in chili or pasta sauces to make sure that children are getting essential nutrients. Teaching children to cook is another activity that can help them open their minds towards different foods. For example, mushrooms might be off limits in a salad but perfectly okay on a pizza.

Inspire for fresh food.

The best activity of all for a grandparent to help promote healthy eating habits in their grandchildren is to give them an understanding of the growing process of fresh food. Even if garden space doesn't extend beyond growing cress on the window ledge, kids will learn the satisfaction of growing something that ends up on their own plate.

About the Author

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating adorable baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.

Piggy Bank: An Ideal New Year Gift to Teach Long-Term Saving

It is critical to start teaching money saving skills to children at a young age. The younger kids learn these habits, the more likely they are to continue them as adults. One of the simplest ways to start is with a piggy bank. Let your child assist you in choosing or making a piggy bank. Children are more motivated to use piggy banks that they enjoy. Consider different colors, themes, sizes and shapes. Remember that a piggy bank doesn't actually have to be in the form of a pig. If a child would prefer to use a cat bank or a space ship, run with it.

Angle Piggy BankButterfly Piggy Bank

Some parents might want to have two piggy banks, one for short-term savings and one for long-term savings. As many young children struggle with the concept of saving money for a long time it can be beneficial for them to have access to short-term savings as well. Instead of simply putting all of the money into the piggy bank for an unspecified amount of time use a short-term bank and set tangible rewards for those savings. You can even tape a small reminder of what your child is saving for. Maybe it's a new shiny red bike, cut out that photo and tape it to the bank to be a constant reminder.

You may also want to consider matching a child's savings, particularly to help him or her save up for more expensive items. For example, if a child wants a brand new $50 video game, offer to match the child's savings of $25. Suddenly this large goal will become more attainable. Additionally, if you have multiple kids, offer the option of putting the savings toward a single large event such as a trip to a local museum.

Many families institute rules for how much money a child should put into savings. A recommended starting point is 25 percent for short-term savings and 25 percent for long-term savings. You can adjust these percentages over time as needed. If you have different guidelines in mind, go ahead and use them. Have a family meeting and get input from kids to establish these rules before putting them into place so that everyone is on the same page.