The site eatright.org has a section dedicated to childrens eating habits
They have identified a 3 part strategy to help children develop good habits and knowledge of healthy nutrition. This involves being with the parent(s) during all 3 stages of food from the shop (or garden) to the table.
1. Involving the children in the decisions one makes at the food store. What is a good buy, and why.
2. Involving the children in preparing food. Why do we cook chicken, and not cook lettuce? How do we make food more interesting in the kitchen?
3. Eating is a more positive experience if it is given our attention. This means choosing where and how to eat. Picnics, dining table, sitting or standing. Some people digest food better if they are on a high chair or standing. The worst option is on the couch in front of the TV.
Becoming interested in food transforms a chore (we have to eat) into a pleasure.
There's a good post here by an american working as an au pair in France.
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