It’s a new year, and a time when many set resolutions and goals. Regardless of whether or not you set resolutions, it’s a good reminder that behaviors and habits can be changed! If there are things you’d like to adjust in how you feed your children, consider these simple suggestions:
- If you’d like to expand the variety in your children’s diet, consider a house rule that you don’t eat the same thing two days in a row. When your child asks for a food again, instead of just saying “no,” you can remind them that they can have it in two days.
- If you want to increase the number of fruit and vegetables your child eats, make an “Eat the Rainbow” chart, and track the different colors your child eats from day-to-day. Decide on a goal (eat all the colors of the rainbow in one week?) and then let them mark off the color each time they eat something on the rainbow.
- If you want to decrease the amount of sugary desserts your child eats, set a realistic goal (1 a day? 2 a day?) and talk to your child about it. Explain to them what you are doing and why and tell them they can decide when they eat it (at lunch time? Snack time? Dinner time?) but once they eat their dessert for the day, it’s done. But give them the power to decide when that happens each day.
First Bites is a non-profit organization that runs programs in preschools and early childcare centers to get kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables. To learn more about the program and for more ideas on what and how to feed children, visit firstbites.org, Facebook.com/YourFirstBites or follow us on Twitter @FirstBites.