Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How can I help you eat a little better?

While at the grocery store tonight with three of my boys, we walked past a mother and her son, he was about six or seven I am guessing.  While I would have liked to have heard more of the conversation, we continued with our shopping needs.

I kept repeating the question she asked her son over and over in my head so that I would remember it long enough to type it up here and share it with all of you.

She asked him in a caring and kind tone, "How can I help you eat a little better?"

He shrugged a little.  If he said anything it was too quiet for me to hear as we walked by.

Then she said, "Maybe we could start eating yogurt more often again?"

This got me to thinking about how she handled the situation.  Instead of just buying the healthy food and insisting that he eat it (which she may have done in the past), she was offering her help and allowing him some control over the healthier foods he could choose to eat.

By asking him how she could help him, she was getting his "buy-in" to eat healthier.  Wow.  I do not know why that struck me like it did.  I have been thinking since that sometimes we need to offer our children the choice to eat better instead of literally trying to "shove the healthy stuff down their throats."

When she asked him that question, I just smiled.  It was such a different approach than I am used to when it comes to children and eating.

I am surprised that her question hit me like it did.  I have been asked this same question weekly by my Coach Emmie who is my health coach.  

Maybe it hit me differently because the question was aimed at a child and not me.  I am used to making sure my boys are active in meal suggestions in our home.

I am not always used to putting me first - so when Coach Emmie asks me the same question, I do not always know how to answer.  I struggle to know how she can help ME.

I would appreciate hearing your answers to "How can I help you eat a little better?"