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ERIC Number: EJ787767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Picky Eaters
Hendrix, Marie
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n180 p90-92 Mar-Apr 2008
Each day quality child care programs strive to provide for the nutritional well being of their children. Staff thoughtfully prepare menus that target balanced diets and address caloric needs. Careful consideration to nutritional value and safety guides the process of selecting and preparing food. The outcome is appealing, developmentally appropriate, and nutritious meals. Yet this commitment of time, energy, and effort is of little benefit for many children. Picky eaters simply refuse all or part of the meal. Picky-eaters present unique challenges for their caregivers. Their refusal to conform to expected eating behaviors is often frustrating and worrisome. Knowledge of typical child development, effective behavior management strategies, and current best practices equip caregivers to deal confidently with this common childhood behavior. Use of these techniques will not likely change a child's eating habits immediately. However, through careful observation, attention to the many factors that influence a child's eating habits, and consistency, caregivers can successfully help picky eaters to learn to make healthy eating choices for a lifetime.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A