Mealtime Mantras for Parents and and Caregivers

Feeding kids is not an easy task.
Sometimes we all need a little reminder that we are doing the best we can under our own individual circumstances!

So the next time you are feeling overwhelmed, remember these 4 mantras for mealtimes.

  1. I am doing the best I can to serve my child balanced meals based off the foods I have access to and the time I have prepare it.
    ➡️ we all have different budgets, access to food, time to make food, and so many other variables. Fed is always best and it’s okay if your best is ordering take out one night or having a “snack plate” (aka toddler/kid friendly charcuterie board) for a meals ❤️ we do it too!
  2. One meal is NOT an indication of overall health. Balance is achieved throughout the day- not all at once.
    ➡️ don’t look at each meal, look at the day as a whole!
  3. My child refusing to eat what I make NOT mean I am a bad parent, a bad cook, nor that I need to make them something else. (There will be another meals/snack soon ❤️ see feeding routine highlight)
  4. I need to eat my food, too. I need to set the example for my child but I am also important. I need to feed myself so I can care for others.

Feeding babies, kids, and even ourselves isn’t always easy. Show yourself some grace and remember these mantras throughout the week!

Published by snackswithjax

Sarah is the creator and mom behind "Snacks with Jax", a social media community of over 85,000 parents/caregivers, where she shares her son's meals, nutrition information, and evidence-based tips for feeding children. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition emphasizing in Wellness from Texas Woman's University and years of experience as a culinary instructor working with ages 2+. She has coached hundreds of parents & caregivers through the journey introducing solids to babies and also navigating picky eating with toddlers and older children. Her focus is on establishing a life-long healthy relationship with food for children while also empowering, encouraging, and educating their adult caregivers.

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