Did you know:
- Many 2-year-olds experience "neophobia", or the fear of something new, especially about food?
- One sugared drink could contain as much sugar as 10 and 1/2 cookies?
- You can see average serving sizes and food group suggestions at myplate.gov, opens a new window?
If not, then you must have missed our Parenting Strategies program in May! But don't worry, you can watch a recording of Healthy Eating For Little Ones, opens a new window presented by Sue Howk, registered dietician with Tri-County Health on our YouTube page, opens a new window.
Get information and practical ideas to help you navigate the wonderful world of food and eating with young children, including how to deal with picky eaters, how often to offer snacks and how much food is enough.
Take a look at these helpful resources, too!
Mealtime and Feeding Resources:
- Ellyn Satter Institute, opens a new window: Learn how to have a positive relationship with food for you and your children.
- Jill Castle, opens a new window: Click for Jill's blog, books and TED Talk
- Grow It, Try It, Like It Curriculum, opens a new window: the Food and Nutrition Service, a division of the USDA, put together a comprehensive plan to help children learn about fruits and vegetables. Includes tips on cooking with kids.
- Very Hungry Caterpillar Guide, opens a new window (pdf). The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, opens a new window, the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle joined together to talk about healthy eating.
- Picky Eaters at the Kids' Table, opens a new window: A blog post from Arapahoe Libraries about how picky eaters develop habits and resources to help.
Child Development Resources
- Developmental Pathways, opens a new window: Provides support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
- Child Find, opens a new window: Helps families identify and get treatment for children with possible developmental delays.
- American Academy of Pediatrics, opens a new window: Learn about your toddler's growth and development.
Food Security Resources
- Hunger Free Colorado, opens a new window: Connects residents of Colorado to food resources around the state.
- Food Pantry Locations, opens a new window: Find the closest food bank to you.
- WIC Food Assistance, opens a new window: Resources for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and children under age 5.
Choose these books to help picky eaters try new foods and get the nutrients they need to grow big and strong. Also included are books for parents with tips and recipes.
Nutritionist Sue Howk spoke about how to get children to eat healthy foods and develop life-long healthy eating habits. She recommends reading these classic picture books.
This flavorful blend of picture books and cooking books (both for and with your child) will help you add delicious STEAM concepts to your child's everyday learning. Stir up some flavor!
Don't miss the June installment of Parenting Strategies on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, when we'll look at the benefits of early intervention for children with development delays and find out how to navigate the system for free assessments and services. Register here, opens a new window.