Try it, love it, pass it on: sharing parenting wins
As a parent it can take a long time to work out what ‘works’ for your children. OK, so some children might eat and drink well and as a parent you never have any concerns…but, chatting to many parents over the years, my experience is that these are unusual situations for parents to find themselves in.
The vast majority have some sort of issue with their child’s eating or drinking or both at some point in time.
For the lucky ones, battles with eating and drinking might be short lived. Just a ‘phase’ your child goes through that might only last a few weeks. For some parents however, these problems can go on for years.
Any parent who has dealt with a fussy eater or a food-resistant child knows that it can be tough going. The worry is constant and the energy it consumes trying to come up with new strategies can be exhausting.
Once you work out a strategy that your child responds to, you have a brief period of elation and relief, but these things don’t always last, so you need to constantly keep re-evaluating your approach.
Having had a three-year battle/struggle with one of our children, I think it’s important to share what worked for us. That’s not to say the same things would work for another family BUT by passing on what you’ve tried and what has worked for you means there is a chance another family could benefit – and that has to be worth it.
We all want our children to grow up healthy and happy, and food and nutrition is an important part of that.
Whilst supplements aren’t a substitution for a balanced diet, they can be an important part of ensuring that your children (particularly fussy eaters) get all the nutrients they require. I like to view vitamin supplements as a form of health insurance.
Bassetts Vitamins are a useful brand for parents to know as they produce a range of multivitamins for children of all ages. Their multivitamins are always easy for children to take. They are tasty and chewy and available in a range of fruity flavours depending on the type of multivitamin.
Bassetts Vitamins have launched Omega-3 + Multivitamins Orange Flavour Pastilles. It can be especially tricky to get Omega-3 into fussy eaters, so these are likely to be of particular interest to parents who are concerned about this. This product contains a source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids.
These multivitamins are made with natural flavours and colours and have no added sugar, giving parents that extra piece of mind. They also contain Vitamin B6 which supports normal psychological function and Vitamin B5, which contributes to mental performance, so they are a smart way to start the day. At RRP £5.50 per pack of 30 pastilles, it’s really a small price to pay.
The school holidays may have been action-packed, but compare that with what the school day can bring for little ones, and it’s no wonder children can be drained during the weekend. We all know that we need to fuel our bodies with good stuff to be able to perform at our best. Bassetts Vitamins Omega-3 + Multivitamins Orange Pastilles can be part of that solution.
My little ones love Bassetts Vitamins. They are a firm favourite in our house and the children understand that they help to support the health of 3-6 year old’s. These new Bassetts Vitamins Omega-3 + Multivitamins Orange Flavour Pastilles are no exception. When I asked the children what they tasted of, they told me “a big juicy orange”.
These supplements aren’t a chore to take, there’s no ‘battle’, and they can form part of a healthy routine with children. As parents, if we can keep the everyday bits and bobs ticking along as smoothly as possible, we can have more time to enjoy the fun moments as families.
For us, it’s been a trial and error sort of approach over several years. Some days some things have worked and other days they’ve not. It’s really hard to stay relaxed when you have a fussy eater, you are on edge all of the time and what they eat or don’t eat can consume your every thought.
Trying to appear relaxed about it, even when you aren’t can make a huge difference, as can praising you child when they try something new.
Do you have a fussy eater? Do you try to include supplements in their diet*?