The tiffin timetable
Every weekend, sit with your kid and come up with a timetable – not the boring study one – but what you and he decide will be in his snack and lunch boxes. That way, you can balance out his meals with his help. You say nuts – he can choose which ones. You say orange fruit or veggies – and he chooses which one. He can even help make it.

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It’s playtime, folks
The best thing you can do for your kid’s playtime is actually for yourself. Join them. Show them how you used to be the badminton school champ and let them thrash you easily. Or create a treasure hunt. Or go for a morning jog together. If a child sees a parent playing, or even being active, that’s a huge learning for the rest of their lives. Being adult is also about having fun, being active, being healthy.

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MasterChef at home
Making healthy food is tough on you when your child resists anything with green in it – unless, of course, she’s making it herself. Suddenly, the game changes. Whole wheat parathas in funny shapes, or oatmeal cookies, or colourful salads – if your child makes them – makes it fun, and makes her feel proud of herself.

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Get smart about food labels
It’s really easy to fall for that whole-wheat biscuit or the lemon squash, when the whole wheat or lemon is scattered from a distance, and the rest of it is lard and maida. However, since it’s mandatory now to mention the ingredients, here’s how to decode food labels and find out how much of the good stuff you’re really buying into.

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The calorie game
Childhood obesity is a huge problem and so much of it goes unnoticed – in fizzy drinks or chips packets. Make being healthy a game for your kids and they’ll be happy to play it. Keep a calorie chart on your fridge, for example and let them add up the calories they’re eating every day.

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