Children and caregivers both have important roles in the child’s eating process. Part of creating a healthy eater, is to identify the roles of the child and the caregiver in the meal process. The caregiver’s roles include deciding what, when, and where the child eats. The child’s role includes how much.
It is important not to force the child to eat. Forcing the child to eat can lead to negative eating habits that may continue through later years, such as overeating. Offering a variety of healthful foods and having a routine mealtime schedule are great ways to develop healthy eating habits.
More healthy eating tips are available from the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: