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Healthy Thoughts

Happy Summer! This week was the start of our Summer Camp. We are so excited for all activities and visitors that are planned!

One of our favorite visitors to the younger rooms through-out the year is Coach Amy with Stretch -n- Grow! She really gets the children moving and grooving! At the end of her class, she gives the teachers a hand out to share with the parents about what their child did in her class that day along with some helpful tips or recipes.  I would like to share the information from one of those hand outs with you today.

Healthy Thoughts…

1. Parents control the supply lines.  You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them.  Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids won’t go hungry. They’ll eat what’s available in the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isn’t all that nutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they don’t feel deprived.

2. From the foods you offer, kids get to choose what they will eat or whether to eat at all.  Kids need to have some say in the matter. Schedule regular meal and snack times. From the selection you offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want. This may seem like a little too much freedom. But if you follow step 1, your kids will be choosing only from the foods you buy and serve.

3. Quit the “clean-plate club.” Let kids stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough. Lots of parents grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn’t help kids listen to their own bodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overeat.

4. Start them young.  Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety.  Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies.  You may need to serve a new food on several different occasions for a child to accept it.  Don’t force a child to eat, but offer a few bites.  With older kids, ask them to try one bite.

5. Rewrite the kids’ menu. Who says kids only want to eat hot dogs, pizza, burgers and macaroni and cheese? When eating out, let your kids try new foods and they might surprise you with their willingness to experiment. You can start by letting them try a little of whatever you ordered or ordering an appetizer for them to try.

6. Drink calories count. Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water and milk are the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when it’s 100%, but kids don’t need much of it – 4 to 6 ounces a day is enough for preschoolers.

7. Put sweets in their place. Occasional sweets are fine, but don’t turn dessert into the main reason for eating dinner.  When dessert is the prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on the cupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods.

8. Food is not love. Find better ways to say “I love you.” When foods are used to reward kids and show affection, they may start using food to cope with stress or other emotions.  Offer hugs, praise, and attention istead of food treats.

9. Kids do as you do. Be a role model and eat healthy yourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible.  Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don’t skip meals.

Thank you to Coach Amy from Stretch -n- Grow for letting me share this information!

Enjoy the summer! We hope it’s happy and healthy!

 

Food Fight

Dinner began, silent and calm,
Delicious food, thanks to our mom.
Suddenly we noticed, something fly,
It wasn’t a plane, it was a pie.

A sight to see, crème pie in the face,
Chaos erupted, it was a race.
Salads, chicken, and lots of rice,
Hilarious food fight, with plenty of spice.

Grandpa received food in his ear,
Didn’t matter, he still couldn’t hear.
Mom had pies, under the table,
Dad surrendered, went to watch cable.

Laughter filled, the dining room,
They would need more, than just a broom.
It was much more, than a really bad mess.
A fun way to relieve, some of that stress.

by AnitaPoems.com

 

Written by Kara Scott