Keeping Your Child Fit and Healthy: Nutritional Facts You Should KnowPosted on January 26, 2016 by Ladybug Child Care Center
It’s important to let children learn by themselves. But when it comes to nutrition, you can’t let children eat whatever they want. Instead, you must provide careful, supportive guidance to ensure your children learn how to make the best choices for themselves and their bodies.
But, what is the best way to support children and foster a healthy lifestyle and nutritional know-how to match? This can be a difficult question to answer and leave some parents unsure how to guide their children (maybe you’re unsure as well).
Below, we’re discussing just a few of the most important behaviors you can adapt as a parent to support your children as they learn about healthy choices and nutrition.
5 guidelines you should focus on right now
When you want to give your children nutritional education that will work both now and in the future, following a handful of main guidelines is important. These guidelines are beneficial not just because they foster a sense of well-being, but also because they empower your child to learn how to make decisions without any help from outside sources.
So, what are these 5 guidelines? We’ve curated our favorites from an article from L. Colker entitled “Trends in Children’s Well-Being” and we’re confident you’ll enjoy them as well:
- Offer fun, healthy snacks – All too often, fruits, vegetables, and other healthy snacks aren’t given a positive association. By putting fresh fruit on a skewer or making healthy food “fun” (i.e. celery, peanut butter, and raisins presented as “ants on a log”) you can capture your child’s attention and show them that healthy eating can be fun!
- Teach your child to listen to his or her stomach – Sometimes, children ask for “more” without truly understanding whether or not they’re still hungry. By teaching your child to listen to his or her stomach, they will learn to differentiate hunger from boredom at a young age.
- Plan a taste-testing event – Children are often hesitant to try new foods. By getting the whole family (and even friends) involved, you can plan a taste-testing event where your child can get in on the fun and try lots of new healthy choices.
- Don’t offer food as a source of comfort or encouragement – When food is given as a reward or source of comfort, children won’t understand that food is meant to maintain health. Give hugs and kisses for comfort and encouragement and never turn to food to do so.
- Eat meals with your child – Eating as a family is important, especially for children learning more about their food choices and their bodies. Eat the same foods as your child and in appropriate amounts to model good behavior.
Read the entire article here.
At Ladybug, healthy eating is a major focus on Wednesdays (and every day)
At Ladybug Child Care Center, we understand that our daily care has a major impact on your children’s behavior and your ability to foster positive, lasting habits. That’s why when it comes to health and nutrition, we believe in reinforcing your good habits every day.
But on Wednesdays, we take our efforts one step further. Through the LANA Enrichment Program, we help your child learn healthy habits and explore new foods through a changing menu, fruit- and vegetable-related activities, and getting families involved. In doing so, we ensure that your efforts at home are reinforced and strengthened.
Contact the team at Ladybug to discuss if our center is the right fit for your “little bug”
If you’ve been searching for a child care center in Chaska or Waconia, Ladybug is the perfect fit for your “little bug.” With over 30 years of experience and a carefully trained team, you can count on our center as a resource that will not only enhance your child’s nutritional knowledge, but their entire well-being.
Contact us today to tour either of our facilities and better determine if we are the right place for you and your family! We look forward to speaking with you!Filed Under: Tips for Parents