Unpredictable and unusual eating behavior is very common among preschool children aged two to five years. Often at meal and snack time, there is a frequent struggle for control between parents and preschoolers of what to eat, how much to eat, and even when to eat. Children have different physical and emotional needs than adults. Recognizing these differences can help minimize tensions centered on food and make mealtime more pleasant. Take a deep breathe when patience is running low and smile to help ease any tension growing between you and your child. Here are a few tips to assist a parent in meal/snack planning and food selection.
Healthy snacks include: