NON-FOOD REWARDS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
By Kristi Rambo
We’ve probably all experienced the use of food as a reward. Food can play a positive role in connecting with our community, culture and in creating memories. Food is meant to be enjoyed and we are big fans of celebrating with it (even buttery/sugary ones from time to time). However, while cultivating a healthy relationship with food, we have to watch out for relying on it (especially sugary treats) for every little reward.
While it might seem sensible to use “special food” to celebrate special occasions, research shows this can negatively impact our relationship with food. Indulging in unhealthy foods and giving them to kids as rewards sends mixed messages and can lead to overeating, emotional eating and eating without being hungry. So, what should we do instead?
HERE ARE SOME NON-FOOD TREAT IDEAS FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS:
Trip to a favorite place like the beach, park, pool, bowling alley or movies
New craft supplies
Listening to favorite music
Time with a friend or family member
Playing a favorite game
Playing a sport
Movie night at home
Family Swim, at Riverside Health Club, Mount Vernon
Summit Trampoline Park, Bellingham
Clear Lake Beach, Mt. Vernon
Skagit Wildlife Area, Puget Sound and Islands
Farmers Market, Mt. Vernon
Children’s Museum, Burlington
Reptile Zoo, Munroe
Fort Casey State Park, Coupeville
Historical Museum, La Conner
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