Lunchtime is the best opportunity for parents to provide proper nourishment to their children while teaching them good dietary habits.
Early childhood is a crucial window of time for learning to eat healthily, because once acquired, poor dietary habits and choices can be difficult to change.
There are several guidelines that adults should follow both at home and in the school environment to ensure that children are receiving all the nutrients needed for the proper development of their minds and bodies.
The following 6 practical tips well help you to encourage good eating habits with your little ones:
-Avoid negative associations: Refrain from punishing a child if s/he does not meet a parent’s dietary expectations.
-Encourage family meals: Allow children to learn from and adopt their parents’ eating habits.
-Teach children how to choose foods: At times, it is necessary to allow a child to select part of their menu.
-Establish clear limits at the table: Children should know to always demonstrate good table manners and respect mealtimes and schedules.
-Respect their needs: It is important to allow children to eat the quantity of food that they need, without pressuring them to eat the same amount as an adult.
-Always provide breakfast: After the hours spent fasting during sleep, it is very important to provide the body and brain with energy. Both sufficient sleep and breakfast are of utmost importance for beginning a new day and contributing to children’s mental and physical development.
If you would like more tools for healthy eating, we recommend the following educational content:
Cuaderno de actividades: “Come sano, vive mejor” is an educational resource that aims to encourage healthy eating habits and is prepared by the Youth Red Cross.
Guía para alimentación sana dirigida a familias: This educational guidebook provides you with clear and simple information to prevent eating disorders.
And you? What are some of your healthy eating tips for childhood nutrition? Share them with the Academia Cotopaxi´s school community in the comments section below.
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