Many parents may not be aware that there is a link between food and teen behavior.
In today’s post, I reveal how your teen’s diet may be a contributing factor to behavior and a solution to help if proper nutrition is a battle in your home.
In light of the obesity epidemic in our nation, nutrition is often a grossly overlooked area when it comes to parenting.
Obesity is only one byproduct of a poor diet. What we feed our kids can also effect their behavior.
Too much sugar and white flour are two well known culprits that can turn your parenting experience into a less than pleasant one.
Keep this in mind; food boundaries need to be considered not just when you’re at home watching TV, but also in the types of food you permit in your house.
So, how do you address the topic of nutrition within your home? Below are two brief solutions.
Start the Conversation of Food and Teen Behavior
In today’s culture your teen is regularly exposed to things that bring about temptations, this includes the often overlooked temptation for food.
If your teen is struggling with an eating habit or weight control, it’s important not to freak out. While in some cases you should exercise appropriate boundaries and discipline with food, but first you must approach this topic with your teen.
First, have an open discussion with your teen about your concerns of his/her diet. Explain the ways a lack of good nutrition effects a person’s behavior and health.
Then, work alongside your teen in developing a set of goals that they want to commit to. Once your teen commits to the goals, be sure to consistently hold them accountable. Perhaps have weekly weigh-ins to evaluate goal progression.
Remember the Basic
However, in some situations, your teen may not want the help and is not proactive in taking on the responsibility for their own health.
In these circumstances, dictating exactly what your child is permitted to eat may be just wise parenting.
In these situations, simply follow the same principles we discuss regularly on boundary development in this blog and create boundaries your teen must follow.
Conversation Starter: Proper diet and nutrition are often overlooked in our culture of abundance. Take the time to evaluate your household. What are some steps you can take to improve how your family should address nutrition?
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