Parents Dictate What their Children Eat

“Our parents can show us a lot of things: they can show us how we are to be and what things we ought to strive for, or they can show us how not to be and what things we ought to stray from, then you may have the kind of parents that show you all the things about you that you want to get rid of and you realize those traits aren’t yours at all but are merely your parents’ marks that have rubbed off onto you.” ― C. Joy Bell C.

In other words, children tend to fancy everything that their parents provide to them as food. It’s your responsibility as a parent to determine what to feed when to feed, and where to feed your child. Your child is only responsible for how much they eat and whether to eat from what you have to offer.

Children will eat anything they see once they start to get a hold on anything. You wonder why they like to place everything they can grasp in their mouth whether it’s your fingers, phones, toys or they can even try to bite the ground. Sometimes I am astounded by some parents when they tell me that their kids can’t take sugarless porridge or plain yogurt. C’mon!! This is a kid who can enjoy licking a plastic spoon or a piece of cloth.

Come to think of it, when is the right time to introduce cereals to your baby? Let’s get into a little digestion process. It all starts in the mouth where starch is being broken down and mixed with saliva. An enzyme ptyalin is required to ensure starch is hydrolyzed into glucose. Babies cannot produce enough ptyalin because their teeth have not fully developed but we still give them cereals as early as four months! Anyway, this is a discussion for another day.

Studies show that kids or children tend to follow a particular feeding pattern or habit based on how they have been raised. If you as a parent like snacking on fast foods eventually your child will be a victim and guess what you’ll say, ‘it’s in our DNA that we are fat.’ This is the most infantile extenuation one can give. I am not blaming you but obviously, your kid can’t afford all that junk unless you provide it.

In a nutshell, as a parent, I believe that you are solely responsible for the nutrition of your child. These are beings that will eat whatever is offered to them. So make that privilege count by providing your kids with natural and healthy meals. And remember, not all that is tasty is healthy. For parents struggling to find the perfect diet that their kids will enjoy it is advisable to seek professional advice. Your doctor can refer you to a nutritionist/dietitian who will guide you to approach such cases. Or just get in touch with me via

Remember, your kid learns from you or whoever they stay with. You cannot let your kid fall victim to “it’s in our DNA.’

By Stephen Ayere, RDN

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