Your job is to offer healthy food to your child. Their job is to eat the amount that is right for them.
• Trust your preschooler’s appetite – they can and will tell you when they are full.
• Family meals are the best way to connect at the end of the day.
• Turn off all screens during meals – phones, tablets, computers and TV’s.
• Three meals and 2 snacks should be offered but don’t worry if your preschooler doesn’t eat well at each offering.
• Your job as parent or caregiver is to prepare and offer healthy food to your child – their job is to eat the amount that is right for them.
Preschoolers can now tell you what they like and dislike to eat. It is still important to offer a wide variety of foods – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat and other proteins. Some children are resistant to trying new foods but you can try games such as picking foods with certain colors and shapes. Remember that sitting around the table together supports your relationship with them by allowing for re-connection at the end of the day. Also remember that they look to the adults in their life to imitate – so if parents and caregivers are eating healthy foods, they probably will too!
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