An apple a day keeps the custody judge away: How healthy eating habits for your kids will improve your custody case
Do you really need somebody to tell you these days not to feed your kids high calorie, high-fat foods? I’m sure you know the highs and lows: Keep your kids high (in fiber) and low (in fat), and give them snacks and meals that provide calcium, iron, and other important vitamins and minerals.
What many parents may not realize, however, is that teaching children about a healthy diet and following some basic eating rules may improve their chances of getting and keeping custody of the kids. Not only will children wish to follow a healthy pattern, once it’s established, but they will associate their permanent home with the location where the healthy eating is routinely followed.
But how do you get sugar-and-salt craving kids to eat healthy in the first place? Won’t the parent who dangles a burger-and-fries win their affections faster. Not necessarily.
Start with easily portable snacks like apples. Try getting your kids to eat the whole apple rather than peeling or slicing or for them. This will maximize the fiber intake. Tuna fish provides a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and is, of course, a high source of protein too. Oatmeal is also a good source of fiber.
Getting kids interested in vegetables and fruits is always difficult. Young children might like to fill the various compartments of their lunch box with colorful snacks such as carrot sticks, celery sticks, and raisins.
There are many places (besides this blog) to get good advice about healthy children’s diets. But here we wish to emphasize that taking leadership in this area by feeding your children well and educating them about healthy eating habits will improve your chances of success in a child custody court. In considering the best interests of a child, a judge will readily see that you have considered the child’s best health interests.