Last week, I’ve shared a short video on Magic Phrase to end feeding battles. Today, it’s another short video by two Mom Dietitians that clarify’s the Mom’s Role in Feeding Kids. Dietitian Natalia Stasenko, RD is no stranger to this blog as she had provided valuable information on a Toddler Nutrition series covering
- How Much to Eat
- What to Eat
- What Not to Eat
In this video (click link here then input your email to view the 2nd video), the mom’s role in feeding our kids is clarified:
- Selecting a healthy variety of foods
- Structuring meal and snack times
Kids’ stomachs are smaller and their attention spans shorter, as much they may eat more frequently, of smaller portions compared to adults. The parents’ role is to ensure healthy foods are served, i.e colorful fruits and vegetables, grains, proteins AND to plan meal times, rather than allow the child to eat anytime all day long.
It is OK if the child rejects certain foods, eats small portions of some or generous portions of others OR even vary on different days. Face it, even adults can’t have the same appetite daily.
It is not OK if the child eats junk all day, or start to link food with emotions (“emotional eating”). Here’s where the dietitians recommend structuring meal and snack times and when it’s not the scheduled time, to offer water instead.
Child’s Feeding Job
The child’s job is to decide what and how much to eat, otherwise, he/she will lose the ability to self-regulate eating and instead eating becomes a power struggle or easily turn into emotional eating.
All parents worry about the child’s growth and whether eating enough. However, it should be more focused on healthy selection of food, right attitude towards eating and enjoying family meal times!