People with busy schedules often make poor nutritional choices for the sake of convenience. This tendency is great for fast-food restaurants, but it’s not so good for children whose parents don’t make time for healthy meals. Children tend to repeat their parents’ behavior, so be mindful of the eating habits you model. If burgers and fries is a family staple, your kids are apt to grow up doing likewise, and that can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and worse later in life. Here are a few tips for setting a good example and raising nutrition-smart kids.

The challenges and responsibilities of parenting can make it very hard to do all the things you want to do for your children. The most well-intentioned parents are simply too busy keeping up with demands at work, helping with homework, and seeing to the countless details of managing a home. When you’re constantly on the go, it’s easy to fall into a daily routine that works but isn’t necessarily conducive to planning and preparing healthy, nutritional meals. When there’s no wiggle room in your schedule, it’s time to get creative and find ways to incorporate healthful shopping and cooking habits into your life.