Tips to get your children to eat well

Written  by our Rockmybaby London office

It can often be a daunting and frustrating task to get your children to eat meals, especially healthy ones.  Research suggests that it takes 10 to 15 tries before a child will actually eat, and like, a new food. How you present healthy foods may factor in as well. A recent study showed that school-aged children (7-10 years old) ate more carrots when they were served whole carrots versus when they were served diced carrots.

So try to stay positive and encourage healthy eating by following these tips from Rockmybaby Nanny Agency;

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  1. Be a good role model – children tend to mirror the eating habits of parents and carers. So if they see you snacking on healthy foods and eating well, they are likely to do the same.
  2. Try to plan ahead – sometimes this can be hard in our hectic lives, but if you plan healthy meals and snacks even a few days ahead then it takes the pressure off trying to find something last minute. An easy way to do this is to cut up vegetable sticks, such as carrot and cucumber, and have them ready in the fridge or bag when you are going out for a quick snack.  At meal time’s batch cook, maybe cook enough to last a couple of days or cook several meals at a time and have them throughout the week or freeze them for a later date.  If you are organised and relaxed, meal times start more relaxed.
  3. Get them involved in cooking – kids love helping, so if you can allow them to pick ingredients in the supermarket and then help with a simple dish such as home made pizza or chopping tomatoes for a pasta sauce (supervised with plastic or butter knife), they will be proud of what they have achieved and will want to eat it with the rest of the family.
  4. Encourage and praise – even if they only eat one pea or a piece of carrot that has been dipped in a sauce, its positive steps in the right direction and they should be praised for it.

Rockmybaby Nanny Agency always advises combining healthy eating with plenty of fluids, ideally water.

How to choose the right nanny agency?

Finding and sourcing good quality childcare in Switzerland is not easy! If a parent goes onto Google, often you don’t know where to start when selecting a nanny agency.

How does a family decide which is the right nanny agency for them?

Rockmybaby receives most of its inquiries through word of mouth. Parents should realize their best resources are friends and family. Ask friends or family which agencies they used and if so were they happy with them? Also, when families start calling agencies they should ask how long they have been in business. Rockmybaby® Nanny Agency has been in business for since 2006 and has helped clients in New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Israel and the United Kingdom source top-notch childcare. They have had many years of experience and know their industry inside and out.

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It is important that agencies are a part of professional associations. Rockmybaby® is part of the International Association of Nanny Agencies worldwide. These organizations pride themselves on high standards and therefore the agencies must enforce these standards. Reputable nanny agencies like Rockmybaby® always want to align themselves with professional organizations.
It is also important that families choose agencies who really care about your needs, offer personalised service and who will search tirelessly for the perfect candidate. Rockmybaby® Switzerland works with only top-notch nannies that have been thoroughly vetted, have solid experience and their references verified. Rockmybaby® takes these standards incredibly seriously and therefore their candidates are experienced and solid professional childcarers.
Rockmybaby® is also the best choice for a childcare agency because of their 24/7 on-line babysitting platform, with this system you can book a vetted babysitter instantaneously and receive confirmation generally within a few minutes! Let Rockmybaby® find a nanny or babysitter for you toda