Parents and caregivers are role models as their children develop eating habits. Picky eating, constant grazing, mealtime tantrums, overeating and refusing to eat are common mealtime struggles. Much like reciting the alphabet or playing a game, eating is a skill that parents can teach their children. A parent's approach is central to a child's early feeding experiences.
The Childhood Feeding Collaborative offers the "5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater" parenting class based on Ellyn Satter's Division of Responsibility in Feeding. Parents who attend this two-hour class learn how to apply this best practice feeding model, which when used provides the structure and support needed so that children are able to learn to eat a variety of foods and an amount that is right for them.
Here is what parents have said about the "5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater" parenting class:
- "The class has made mealtimes less of a struggle."
- "Since we are not watching TV while eating, we have more communication at the table while eating. We would like more nutrition classes."
- "By letting my children decide the amount of food they want to eat, I see that they are much more motivated to eat."
- "After limiting beverages between mealtimes, I see my children are eating way more."
- "By establishing a meal routine at home, I have managed to cut down on my food bill, and my children are eating healthy meals and snacks."
- "Not forcing my child to eat has made meal times more pleasant. I would like to have more classes."
- "My child is eating more fruits and vegetables."
- "We are now eating as a family."
- "We are eating healthier."
- "My child pays attention to what he eats and tries out new foods."
The class is FREE to parents with young children, and childcare is provided. Classes are offered at various locations throughout Santa Clara County. To register by telephone for a class or learn more about upcoming classes call 1-800-260-2055, or download flyer available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
For more information, contact:
Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP)
1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite. 120 B
San Jose, CA 95126