Sharing a meal together is one of the oldest and most fundamentally unifying experiences we have. This time together signifies peace, safety and harmony. And for this reason, food is a fundamental part of many celebrations and occasions. However, mealtimes with young children and trying to establish patterns of healthy eating can too often turn into a battlefield.
Children need to eat well. Growing more rapidly in mind and body during these first years than at any other time of their life
If children experience difficulties around food times, this can become associated with negative experiences that can remain with them for life. However, early childhood behaviours are often more complex than choosing not to eat their broccoli.
But they are also formulating the tastes, habits and beliefs that will become a part of their thinking and behaviours long into the future
In this session we will look at common concerns when trying to encourage a healthy diet for your child. We will look at how you can avoid and manage the pitfalls. And practices you can introduce to put the fun back into mealtimes.
This session is taken from our course: What Every Parent Should Know
Dr Kathryn Peckham is an Early Childhood Consultant, author and researcher and the founder of Nurturing Childhoods. Providing all the knowledge, understanding and support you need to nurture your growing child. www.nurturingchildhoods.co.uk
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