The nutritional needs of children have not changed much in the last 20 years. However, the world they live in certainly has. It is quite a different childhood experience for kids and teens, with fast food restaurants on every corner, big-gulp colas, 50 or more TV channels to surf, text messaging, mall hopping, video games, and iPods. It is important that we update our parental nutrition lessons to help them form the best possible eating habits for life in the 21st century.
Family meals are important. You create close bonds and lifelong memories around the family table. Family meals can teach your child about healthful eating. You just need to be a good role model. When you try new foods your child may be more adventurous with food, too.
Children do not grow as fast in their preschool years. That is why your child may have a smaller appetite now. That is normal. If he or she is not hungry or does not finish a meal, relax. Take the food away.
Your child probably is eating enough if he or she is full of energy and is growing and seems healthy. If your child is losing weight or has special food needs, get help from a health professional. This is not the time to figure out the problem by yourself. Most young children do best when fed four to six mini-meals a day.
Read more in below sections if you are a parent and would like your child to grow healthy.