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- Start Them Young:- Food preferences are developed early in life so offer variety. Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies. You may need to serve a new food a few different times for a child to accept it.
- They Do as You Do:- Be a role model and eat healthy yourself. When trying teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible. Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table and don't skip meals.
- Quit the "Clean Plate Club":- Let kids stop eating when they feel they've had enough. When kids notice and respond to the feelings of fullness they are less likely to overeat.
- Drink Calories Count:- Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water and Milk are the best drinks for the kids. Juice is fine but only its 100% natural and not preserved.
- Food is not Love:- Find better ways to say " I love you". When foods are used to reward kids and show affection, they may start using food to cope with stress or other emotions. Offer hugs, praise, and attention instead of food treats.