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10 Tips to being a healthy role model
for children -
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You are the most important influence on your
child. You can do many things to help your
children develop health eating habits for life.
Offering a variety of foods helps children get
the nutrients they need from every food group.
They will also be more likely to try new foods
and to like more foods. When children
develop a taste for many types of foods, it's
easier to plan family meals. Cook
together, eat together, talk together, and make
mealtime a family time!
1. Show by example: Eat
vegetables, fruits, and whole grains with meals
or as snacks. Let your child see that you
like to munch on raw vegetables.
2. Go food shopping together:
Grocery shopping can teach your child about food
and nutrition. Discuss where vegetables,
fruits, grains, dairy, and protein foods come
from. Let your children make healthy
3. Get creative in the kitchen:
Cut food into fun and easy shapes with cookie
cutters. Name a food your child helps
make. Serve "Janie's Salad" or "Jackie's
Sweet Potatoes" for dinner.
Encourage your child to invent new snacks.
Make your own trail mixes from dry whole-grain,
low sugar cereal and dried fruit.
4. Offer the same foods for everyone:
Stop being a "short-order cook" by making
different dishes to please children. It's
easier to plan family meals when everyone eats
the same food.
5. Reward with attention, not food:
Show your love with hugs and kisses.
Comfort with hugs and talks. Choose not to
offer sweets as rewards. It lets your
child think sweets or dessert foods are better
than other foods. When meals are not
eaten, kids do not need "extras" - such as candy
or cookies - as replacement foods.
6. Talk at mealtime: Talk about
fun and happy things at mealtime. Turn off
the television. Take phone calls later.
Try to make eating meals a stress-free time.
7. Listen to your child:
If your child says he or she is hungry, offer a
small, healthy snack - even if it is not a
scheduled time to eat. Offer choices.
Ask "which would you like for dinner:
broccoli or cauliflower?" Instead of "Do
you want broccoli for dinner?"
8. Limit screen time:
Allow no more than 2 hours a day of screen time,
like TV and computer games. Get up and
move during commercials to get some physical
9. Plan activities: Make
physical activity fun for the whole family.
Involve your children in the planning.
Walk, run, and play with your child - instead of
sitting on the sidelines. Set an example
by being physically active and using safety
gear, like bike helmets.
10: Be a good role model:
Try new foods yourself. Describe its
taste, texture, and smell. Offer one new
food at at time. Serve something your
child likes along with the new food. Offer
new foods at the beginning of a meal, when your
child is very hungry. Avoid lecturing or
forcing your child to eat.
STANDARD 220.127.116.11: Fostering Language Development
of Three- to Five-Year-Olds
The indoor and outdoor learning/play environment
should be rich in first-hand experiences that
offer opportunities for language development.
They should also have an abundance of books of
fantasy, fiction, and nonfiction, and provide
chances for the children to relate stories.
Caregivers/teachers should foster language
with children rather than at them;
Encouraging children to talk with each other
by helping them to listen and respond;
children models of verbal expression;
Reading books about the child’s culture and
history, which would serve to help the child
develop a sense of self;
Reading to children and re-reading their
Listening respectfully when children speak;
Encouraging interactive storytelling;
Provide opportunities during indoor and
outdoor learning/play to use writing
supplies and printed materials;
Provide and read books relevant to their
natural environment outdoors (for example,
books about the current season, local
Provide settings that encourage children to
observe nature, such as a butterfly garden,
bird watching station, etc.;
Providing opportunities to explore writing,
such as through a writing area or individual
reflects and shapes thinking. A curriculum
created to match preschoolers’ needs and
interests enhances language skills. First-hand
experiences encourage children to talk with each
other and with adults, to seek, develop, and use
increasingly more complex vocabulary, and to use
language to express thinking, feeling, and
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Large Family Child Care Home; Small Family Child
Special Parent Information
Some kids reject new tastes and textures, while others show
their independence through eating – or not eating – the food
they’re offered. But, even picky eaters can learn to like
fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods and beverages.
Try these strategies to create a
positive eating environment and avoid
struggles during mealtimes.
the dip. Toddlers and preschoolers
love dipping, so try serving veggies
with yogurt, hummus, low-fat dressing,
or low-fat melted cheese.
children help make the food. When
kids help stir and add ingredients, they
feel proud of what they’ve made and may
be more likely to try new, healthy
foods. For kid-friendly recipes and
snacks kids can create, check out our
Healthy Eating page.
a game or lesson around trying new food.
For example, when teaching children
about states in the US or other
countries, bring in a fruit or vegetable
from those places. Have children who are
interested in trying the new food take a
bite and share their thoughts about it.
When picky eaters hear where the food
comes from and what their friends are
saying about it, they might want to try
use food as a reward or punishment.
Avoid forcing children to finish the
“healthy foods” to get to their dessert.
That can make the healthy foods seem
like punishment and force children to
eat when they are full.
give up! A child’s frown can be
discouraging. But, remember it may take
10 to 15 tries for infants, toddlers,
and preschoolers to accept a new food.
Plus, teaching kids to appreciate
healthy foods early on will help them to
develop healthy eating habits that can
continue as they grow up. For more tips
and resources, visit the
Let’s Move! Child Care Web site.
a good example. Remember that you’re
an important role model! Try the
nutritious meals and snacks you offer
kids. When they see you eating and
enjoying healthy foods, they might
choose to eat healthy foods too.
As you try these strategies, talk with
parents about how you’re encouraging
picky eaters to eat healthy. Better yet,
work with parents as partners to teach
kids’ taste buds to enjoy fruits,
vegetables, and other nutritious foods.
For example, provide parents with an
easy-to-read material on how to teach
healthy eating habits. One helpful
resource is the article “Toddlers
at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles”.
Promoting healthy eating will help your
program achieve the Let’s Move!
Child Care (LMCC) goals focused on
nutrition. We encourage you to use the
LMCC Checklist Quiz as a resource to
help you identify opportunities to
promote nutrition and physical activity,
and build a customized action plan to
help you reach your goals.
Let’s Move! Child Care
(LMCC) is a nationwide call-to-action
that empowers early care and education (ECE)
providers to make positive health
changes in children that could last a
lifetime. ECE providers who choose to
participate in LMCC are recognized when
they meet a set of best practices
related to the five LMCC Goals—physical
activity, screen time, food, beverages,
and infant feeding. To help providers
reach their goals, a number of online
interactive tools—including a Checklist
Quiz and action planning guide—have been
developed through a public-private
partnership between the White House, the
Department of Health and Human Services,
the National Association for Child Care
Resource & Referral Agencies, Nemours,
and the University of North Carolina
Center for Health Promotion and Disease
Prevention and other partners.
Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum that is
connected to Massachusetts Frameworks and
supports the domains of Early Childhood