More than half of moms take advantage of snack time to show how “cool” they are, according to a new survey.
The recent survey asked 2,000 American moms with children ages 3 to 18 to identify the traits of a “great” mother, and then asked their children to set the record straight.
Nearly three out of five kids agreed that a “cool” mom helps them with homework and projects for school.
And according to the kids, there are some things a “cool” mom should never do.
Using their nickname at home in front of their friends (42%), yelling their name at a sports game or other event (40%), and dancing in public (40%) will give some parents time to break.
Made by OnePoll in association with SUNSET, the survey suggests that while getting kids to eat healthy foods can be challenging, moms have a few tricks up their sleeves, like cutting fruits and vegetables into fun shapes (48%) and making their food more colorful (47 %).
47% of moms worry that their kids think they’re cool, and making food fun is one of their top creative tactics to win over kids.
Half of the moms have made a cheese board for their children and more than half admitted that their children eat more sophisticated snacks and lunches than they do.
The moms also shared the secrets behind their best snack tricks, including mixing frozen fruit to make kids think it’s ice cream, building a stackable tower out of watermelon sticks, and even making skewers for sandwiches.
Snacks and lunches can also be a bragging point for kids, especially those that include French fries (50%), baked goods (44%), or fruit bowls (44%).
“Our study shows that many moms are good at navigating the balance between giving children the foods they enjoy and making sure they have a balanced diet,” said a SUNSET spokesperson.
“They are introducing their little ones to fruits and vegetables in creative ways and incorporating them not just at lunchtime, but throughout the day as well.”
And it can be a great opportunity for parents and children to come together. Take a look at some of these tips for great moms …
MOM’S BEST SNACKS FOR HER CHILDREN
• Kiwi caterpillars
• Blend frozen fruits so they think it is ice cream
• Freeze bone broth in small cubes for soups or winter drinks.
• Make goodie bags that they can’t see inside and let them choose their own bags, so each snack is a surprise.
• Sandwich skewers
• Make pumpkin look and taste almost like mac and cheese to trick her into eating a vegetable she doesn’t like.
• Gelatin with mixed fruit and then poured into cold molds in different types of shapes such as cars, houses, bears, etc.
• Make pumpkin pancakes with beets and other pureed vegetables, but with fun colors.
• Building a pile of Jenga with watermelon
• Play ‘restaurant’ during lunch: use menus so they can choose
• Say something is an “grown-up version” and that’s why they want it, or something “new” that they’re excited to try.
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