Rewards for good behaviors are a no-brainer. There's tons of research that supports a rewards as an effective and safe tool. However, using food as a reward has been associated with negative things such as emotional eating.
In the long run, it is worth taking a couple of extra minutes to be mindful of the types of rewards you are offering. By providing non-food rewards, you'll encourage your child to begin developing a healthy relationship with food that will last a lifetime.
Here are some non-food reward ideas to add to your arsenal:
Parents are busy, which means food prep can end up falling on someone else (e.g., a sitter, a grandparent, a spouse). Here are a few tips to ensure healthy eating survives even the busiest times!
Registered Dietitian, Austinite, Mom with a 2-yr old, Dog lover