BlogTemaricare Health Festival: A Powerful Panel Discussion on Nutrition & Parental Psychology

May 26, 2024by Rediet Assefa1

The Power of Parental Psychology

The discussion began by highlighting the profound impact parents have on their children’s relationship with food. Our parenting styles, anxieties, and even mealtime interactions all shape a child’s perception of food and eating habits. Panelists emphasized the importance of:

-Mindful Eating: Creating a calm and positive mealtime environment, free from distractions, allowing children to explore different flavors and textures, and fostering a sense of gratitude for the food on their plate.
-Positive Reinforcement: Focusing on praising healthy choices and effort rather than criticizing picky eating habits.
-Open Communication: Engaging children in conversations about food, their preferences, and the importance of making healthy choices for their bodies.

Fueling the Body & Mind

The discussion then delved into the realm of nutrition, emphasizing the critical role a balanced diet plays in a child’s physical and mental well-being. Key takeaways included:

-Importance of a Balanced Diet: Ensuring children consume a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all food groups to support their growth and development.
-Combating Sugar Overload: Limiting sugary drinks and processed snacks, opting for natural alternatives like fruits and whole grains.
-The Gut-Brain Connection: The growing understanding of the gut microbiome’s influence on mental health. We discussed the importance of incorporating gut-friendly foods like yogurt and fermented vegetables.

Engaging Parents – A Collaborative Approach

The panel concluded by emphasizing the importance of collaboration between parents and healthcare professionals. We encouraged parents to:

-Seek Guidance: Consult with pediatricians or registered dietitians for personalized advice on childhood nutrition.
-Embrace Imperfections: There will be times when healthy eating habits fall by the wayside. The key is to strive for progress, not perfection.
-Lead by Example: Children learn by observing their parents’ behavior. Make healthy choices yourself and involve them in preparing nutritious meals.

The Temaricare Health Festival served as a valuable platform for parents to gain knowledge and empower themselves to raise healthy and well-nourished children. By fostering a positive relationship with food and prioritizing a balanced diet, we can set our children on the path to lifelong health and well-being.


Rediet Assefa

One comment

  • Dr. Miraj Fuad

    June 1, 2024 at 7:44 am

    I found the insights shared exceptionally valuable.
    It’s also important to address the increase in the incidence of obesity and overweight among children, alongside the widespread presence of undernutrition in our country. This dual burden of malnutrition underscores the urgent need for comprehensive nutritional education and intervention. By addressing both ends of the spectrum, we can better support parents in fostering healthy growth and development for their children.
    Additionally, mentioning the role of physical activity in conjunction with nutrition could provide a more holistic approach to fostering children’s overall health.
    Overall, this is a fantastic resource for parents seeking to nurture healthy, well-rounded eating habits in their children.


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