So how do we help kids manage moments like these and not overdo it? While I am always the first to provide timely tips to help kids learn the skills they need to conquer any tough food moment, I’m also quick to be perfectly practical about the fact that when its “party time” school kids are not focusing on anything but their party and the holiday connected to it. At times like this, our kids need us to buffer their experience like bumpers on a bowling alley, gently keeping them on course.
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Every month has a theme or message it honors. September is National Family Meals Month, well suited to a month that is characterized by “regrouping” that family’s experience as they gear up for another school year and the many factors associated with it that make quality meal time challenging.
With the start of a new academic year, our kids are once again spending over thirty hours per week at school. While today’s education challenges are great and the typical school curriculum tightly packed, there are still opportunities for schools to reinforce positive nutrition habits with students, and many big and small ways for educators to improve the culture in their school around food.
A busy evening that requires an easy dinner or a lunch when the usual sandwich won’t do. These are the times for what my family refers to as “deconstructed meals.” These lunches and dinners may not present like traditional “meals,” but for particular kids and demanding days they satisfy (and for this dietitian mom, they get the job done without slacking on nutrition). With a blueprint for bringing together a deconstructed meal, and the right tools, you can assemble a combination of foods (and nutrients) that get the job done too.
Frozen treats are hard to resist in summer. Whether we are talking about a trip to your local coffee shop for a frozen beverage (which, by the way, is often way more decadent than you realize) or an evening walk to the ice cream shop, it seems like just about every point in the day calls for an icy treat. Of course, the same way I suggest freezing those holiday cookies once the calendar reads January 2nd, I don’t recommend a daily decadent treat even when the temps are into the 90s. That said, there are many less decadent (and just as refreshing) icy options that will satisfy your desire for something special.
It’s the perfect picture of summer…a picnic to accompany an outdoor concert or trip to a local vineyard or orchard. A chance to leave your kitchen and dining room to embrace a warm summer day. If this picture sounds like just that: a picture (one you only see in magazines), maybe you need a few strategies for pulling together a picnic with ease. Start with these five steps.
A child and an adult bonding by the water as they gently cast their fishing lines: this picturesque image is a perfect summer scene and the kind of moment a child looks forward to and reflects upon with delight. These opportunities can be more than just an afternoon adventure–they can teach our kids about our ecosystem, nutrition and possibly even outdoor cooking.