The Window of Opportunity for Teaching Your Kids Great Eating Habits

Dr. Greene discussing teaching newborns healthy eating habits

What does mother goose have to do with getting kids to eat right?

Researcher Konrad Lorentz showed that by replacing a mother goose with something else as the first thing a baby goose encountered, he could alter the behavior of the baby goose to view that thing (even a toy train!!) as ‘mama’.

This phenomenon is referred to as “imprinting,” and it works just as well for “what’s for dinner?” as it does for “who’s mama?”

But there’s a catch – it only works for a short while.

If you want your children to make healthy food choices almost instinctually, you have just a couple of years to give your kids the right message about what to eat to keep them healthy.

Watch this video where I discuss the impact of ‘food imprinting’ and getting kids to fall in love with real food


Make sure that your kids smell the aromas of the foods you want them to learn to like early in life. AND you want them to see you eating healthy food as well.

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Tell me what you can do to put this in to practice in your family.

Or do you have some habits that you use in your family that already have them loving nutritious food?

Talk with you soon!

– Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

  1. Chupacabra

    Will your idea cultivate student appreciation of the natural environment by getting the students outside?

  2. Terra

    We are vegan, and my 15mo boy eats peas, edamame, Tempe, Nori, hemp seeds and hemp seed bars, smoothies, hemp milk, cooked carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, Aduki and a few other light beans, coconut yogurt, some fruit like red grapes and watermelon. He doesn’t like things that are too sweet. He’s gluten, corn and peanut free. He eats so well and is so healthy! (No colds or sickness).
    It pays to feed your baby what works for them.

  3. Melinda

    So what if i missed my window of opportunity? Is there any types for when parents miss the window of opportunity?

  4. Linnea i Colorado

    Love this!!


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