Change Your Food Attitude

Setting the Example

It may sound obvious, but you need to set a good example by what and how you eat. Choose from a variety of food groups and offer healthy choices: fresh fruits, veggies, yogurt, raisins, and dry cereal, for example.

Even if you're not a routine-oriented person, try to have at least two sit-down meals a day with your kids. Although your children may prefer to graze throughout the day, they will still benefit from practicing mealtime basics. Don't worry if your child doesn't "clean his plate." For the most part, toddlers and young children stop eating when they're full.

Open your fridge and pantry and see what choices you're giving your hungry kids. Be sure to keep nutritious, ready-to-eat foods in the first place they look. Make a habit of stocking sliced fruit and veggies with dip on the bottom shelf of the fridge. Who knows -- your own snack habits might improve, too!

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