According to the Division of Responsibility theory of child feeding, it’s the parent’s responsibility to provide a reliable family meal time and a balanced meal with foods from all the food groups. It’s the child’s responsibility to decide what, and how much, to eat.
Today’s busy families don’t have the time to make different entrees for each family member, so meal planning should focus on providing a range of food options that include foods both kids and adults can enjoy.
Remember, you might have to introduce a food up to 15-20 times before a young child will decide they like it. These kid-friendly recipes will help you prepare meals that the entire family – including the pickiest eater – will enjoy.
By cooking your children’s meals at home, you can guarantee that they are eating nutritious, wholesome meals. Preparing and eating these healthy meals together as a family sets a good example for kids to follow. Children learn how to make healthy food choices and how to prepare food themselves.
By cooking balanced family meals now, you set the stage for your children to develop healthful habits in the future!