In my last entry we talked about the division of responsibility when eating. We discussed your responsibility as a caregiver: deciding when eating happens, where you eat, and what is served. Your child’s decision then is: whether they will eat or not and how much they will consume. If you missed the post, just click here!
Today we are going to talk about one way to encourage healthy eating habits in your children: creating predictable meal and snack times.
This is vitally important to your child becoming a person who can truly listen to his or her body about hunger and fullness. A child needs to know that he will be able to eat and eat until he is full regularly. If snacks are forgotten or meal times lack structure, your child may overeat when food is available to compensate. Now, of course, there are circumstances that may interfere with feeding this way, especially if you have limited access to food. But just being “too busy” is not really an acceptable reason to skip meals or not provide snacks when children are involved.
Here’s the best part: by creating structured family meals, your kids get a great gift: YOU! Time spent eating together is such a valuable time. Regardless of what is on your table, kids thrive when they have time with you, the person who cares for them more than anyone.
So how can you create more predictability with your kid’s meals this week?
The years go by fast. Take the time to eat together. Enjoy one another and enjoy good food.
My name is Emily Funcik, and I am a registered and licensed dietitian in Charleston, SC. I am also a stay-at-home mama, a wife, a foodie, and a dancer. I have a passion for healthy living, entertaining, and a deep-rooted loved of all things delicious.
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