How to Keep Your Child from Snacking


Indeed, snacks can be a natural form of self-reward. Both children and adults enjoy them. However, the issue arises when children are not limited and tend to overindulge. The question then becomes, how can we prevent children from excessive snacking?

For overwhelmed moms at home whose children constantly ignore time and place, we will share some tips and tricks that can be tried to address the issue of children who enjoy snacking. Take a look!

1. Provide an understanding of healthy food

Most of the snacks sold are not healthy. So, try to give an understanding of healthy food. Give simple understanding according to the age of the child.

For example, you can tell your child that healthy food is food that you cook yourself at home.

Encourage your children to eat at home-cooked meals and minimize snacks.

In addition to giving understanding, mum must also set an example by not buying ready-made food outside the home too often, not buying fast food or junk food and not snacking carelessly so that children can imitate the healthy lifestyle of their parents.

2. Pack heavy meals and healthy snacks

Usually, children will think of snacks when their stomachs start to get hungry. So, make sure you avoid that.

If your children are already in school and their snacking activities cannot be controlled by parents, you can always bring them lunch. Make sure it consists of heavy meals or filling meals and healthy snacks.

Heavy meals or filling foods are needed to fill the stomach and replenish energy, while healthy snacks are provided for children's snacks. So, when they see their friends having snacks, they can eat the snacks they brought from home.

Teach your child not to be inferior when he has to bring lunch and snacks from home. Explain that bringing lunch from home is not a sign that he is different from his friends, but rather a proof that mama loves him very much.

3. Don't forget to bring some water

Ensure that children carry water along with their food and snacks when they participate in outdoor activities or go to school. This practice helps them avoid the risk associated with indiscriminately purchasing ice, which can lead to coughs, colds, flu, or even inflammation.

4. Limit children's pocket money

Children will be tempted to buy snacks outside even in large quantities when they have a lot of pocket money. Therefore, avoid giving pocket money to children with large amounts.

Give enough pocket money. Tell your child that the food brought from home must be consumed first if you want to buy something.

5. Teach children to save money

Besides restricting their allowance, mothers should also instill the habit of saving in their children from a young age. This practice teaches children to refrain from making unnecessary purchases.

Additionally, it's beneficial to inform that saving has numerous advantages. Once the savings accumulate, one can purchase desired or necessary items. Consequently, this will surely encourage children to be excited about saving.

6. Do the reward and the punishment

This system can be applied by mothers to overcome children who have begun to be stubborn or have started to snack in secret. You can apply rules about what foods are allowed to be bought, and what kind of food should not be bought.

If he can comply with the rules given, he will get a reward. However, if he cannot comply with the rules given, he can give punishment. But make sure that the punishment applied is a reasonable punishment, for example limited playing time, asked to clean the dishes, or other light punishments that are appropriate for the child's age.

That's the information we were able to share this time regarding how to keep children from snacking. Good luck trying the tips and tricks we share, moms!


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