If you have a picky eater, mealtime can make you feel like you want to pull your hair out. It is very frustrating for parents to watch their child only fiddle with their food at dinner or not even touch it, claiming they "don't like it." Then what happens? Thirty minutes later guess who is hungry? You guessed it. Your little picky eater.
Jamie's mother was concerned about Jamie's lack of interest in... Read More
Dining out with a toddler can be a challenging experience. Still, having a toddler does not have to mean the end of dining out. By being prepared and following a few simple suggestions dinner out with your little one can be enjoyable.
Make sure your toddler is well rested. As parents we all know a cranky child can cause havoc.
If your child is old enough to understand what you are saying, give them a pep talk. Explain how... Read More
Take time to evaluate not only what you eat, but also how you eat it. When you sit down to a meal, do you rush through, gobbling as you go, without stopping for a breath? Take a look at your plate-- is it a dinner-sized one, overflowing with food? Smaller portions are the key to weight loss, but if you think you'll miss the extra calories, think again. There are tricks you can use to make yourself feel fuller, faster. Try filling a... Read More
Choices are the best tool for preventing and stopping power struggles and rebellion. There are a few ways that parents can run into problems, however, so here are a few guidelines for using choices effectively.
- Don't give a choice if there is no choice. "Do you want to take your medicine?" sounds like the child has a choice. Instead, say "You need to take this medicine" Do you want chewable or liquid?" Or "Do you want to take it before or... Read More
Raising sports active kids is difficult, perhaps more today than ever before. Parents feel pressure to help their kids succeed. They want to keep up with other parents in an increasingly winner-take-all society. Too often, parents just like you feel that if they don't do everything for their child, they are bad parents.
In fact, surveys show that today's sport active kids and their parents get too caught up in the crazy sports... Read More
Drink a glass of water before you eat. Many times we go into a meal feeling famished, and thirst is sometimes easily mistaken for hunger. Consuming eight ounces of water 30 minutes before you sit down to eat works wonders. The water fills you up and you won't be as hungry when your meal is served. In turn, you'll be less likely to overeat. Water eases cravings and controls hunger without costing you any calories. If you simply need... Read More
March has been declared National Nutrition Month® by the American Dietetic Association, so I can't think of a better time to talk about ways to improve your child's lifestyle and eating habits. We all know that a banana is a healthier snack than a bag of potato chips and that playing outside is better than sitting on the couch watching television. But, sometimes making those choices is not so easy. Forming new healthy habits takes... Read More
Author, TV host and mother of seven children Hannah Keeley sat down with My Daily Moment recently to discuss how she masters the challenge of getting her family to the dinner table to share a meal and conversation.
For many American families, simply putting food on the table has become a challenge as a result of the economy. Hannah has teamed with Libby's Fruit and Vegetables and Feeding America to help those families have... Read More