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Involving kids in meal time tasksIInvolving kids in meal time tasksInvolving kids in meal time tasksEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZStephanie Gladman, RD, MHSc.;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Find out how engaging your child in meal time tasks can help them develop good eating habits.</p><p>Involving children of all ages in household activities will help them learn life skills. Involving them in the kitchen creates family bonds and teaches healthy habits.<br></p> <br><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Encourage your child to get involved in weekly food and menu tasks.</li> <li>Take your child grocery shopping to help them learn about food groups, recognize good quality produce and understand food labels.</li> <li>Teach your child about food safety to minimize waste and the risk of food-borne illness.</li> <li>Assign food preparation and clean-up tasks in line with your child's age and skills. Older children and teens, for instance, can prepare some meals as well as school lunches and snacks.</li></ul>
Impliquez votre enfant dans les tâches associées aux repasIImpliquez votre enfant dans les tâches associées aux repasInvolving kids in meal time tasksFrenchNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZStephanie Gladman, RD, MHSc.;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Découvrez comment l’implication de votre enfant dans les tâches de préparation des repas peut l’aider à acquérir de bonnes habitudes alimentaires.<br></p><p>Impliquer les enfants de tous âges dans les travaux ménagers leur permettra d’acquérir des compétences essentielles. Les impliquer dans la cuisine tisse les liens familiaux et enseigne des habitudes saines.<br></p> <br><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Encouragez votre enfant à s’impliquer dans les tâches hebdomadaires de planification et de préparation des repas.</li> <li>Amenez votre enfant à l’épicerie afin de lui enseigner les groupes alimentaires, de reconnaître les produits de bonne qualité et de comprendre les étiquettes alimentaires.</li> <li>Enseignez à votre enfant les mesures de sécurité alimentaire afin de minimiser le gaspillage et les risques de maladies d’origine alimentaire.</li> <li>Assignez les tâches de préparation des aliments et de nettoyage en fonction de l’âge et des habiletés de votre enfant. Les enfants plus âgés et les adolescents, par exemple, peuvent préparer certains repas ainsi que leurs dîners et leurs collations pour l’école.</li></ul>

 

 

Involving kids in meal time tasks1465.00000000000Involving kids in meal time tasksInvolving kids in meal time tasksIEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZStephanie Gladman, RD, MHSc.;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Find out how engaging your child in meal time tasks can help them develop good eating habits.</p><p>Involving children of all ages in household activities will help them learn life skills. Involving them in the kitchen creates family bonds and teaches healthy habits.<br></p> <br><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Encourage your child to get involved in weekly food and menu tasks.</li> <li>Take your child grocery shopping to help them learn about food groups, recognize good quality produce and understand food labels.</li> <li>Teach your child about food safety to minimize waste and the risk of food-borne illness.</li> <li>Assign food preparation and clean-up tasks in line with your child's age and skills. Older children and teens, for instance, can prepare some meals as well as school lunches and snacks.</li></ul><h2>Meal planning</h2> <p>Involving your child in weekly food and menu tasks is a way to get them interested in healthy food. As your school-age child develops reading and number skills, they can play a greater role in meal planning. Try to include a favourite fruit or vegetable or a preferred dish into at least one meal each week to encourage your child's enthusiasm. Children tend to eat better when they have a say, no matter how small, in family meals. </p> <p>Magazines, websites and child-friendly cookbooks with pictures and clear instructions can help give ideas for simple recipes. </p> <h2>Grocery shopping </h2> <p>Taking your child grocery shopping will help them to feel they play an important role in planning family meals. They will learn food groups, learn to tell apart good quality produce from bad, and gain number skills by counting fruit and vegetables. Older children can benefit from grocery shopping trips by learning how to <a href="/Article?contentid=1442&language=English">read food product labels</a>. </p> <p>Children can help bag food at the check-out, carry the bags and organize the food in your home. This will help children make closer connections between what is for sale in the store and what is served on their plates. </p> <h2>Safety and limiting waste</h2> <p>Use safe food handling techniques in the kitchen and at the grocery store. Delegate tasks that are appropriate for your child's age. </p> <h3>Food and kitchen safety tips</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fauthoring%2Eaboutkidshealth%2Eca%2Fakh%2FPages%2FHandwashing%2DEnglish%2Easpx">Wash hands</a> with warm soapy water before handling food.</li> <li>Clean surfaces with warm soapy water and a dishcloth before and after preparing food.</li> <li>Cut and prepare raw meat, fish, and poultry on a separate cutting board from that used for other foods.</li> <li>Refrigerate perishables (foods that may go bad) such as dairy products at a safe temperature of 4 °C (39.2 °F).</li> <li>Be aware of product expiry dates and teach your children to cycle products. This means using older items first and newer items later to limit waste.</li> </ul> <h2>Food preparation</h2> <p>Involving children in mealtime tasks does not have to mean a lot of work or mess. Assign jobs they can do on their own, depending on their age and skills. Younger children can scrub fresh vegetables, tear lettuce leaves and bring ingredients from one place to another. Older school-age children can practice basic math and science skills by measuring and counting ingredients.</p> <p>Allow your tweens and teens to prepare some meals, their school lunches and snacks. This encourages independence and teaches them concepts and skills they will use throughout their life. </p> <h2>Clean up</h2> <p>Encourage your child to take part in cleaning up after a meal. Your child could clear the table, store leftovers, wash and dry dishes, or sweep the floor. Working as a team and dividing tasks can help get the job done more quickly. </p> <h2>Eating at home</h2> <ul> <li>Use <a href="/Article?contentid=1436&language=English">Canada's Food Guide</a> to help you plan and prepare meals and snacks with help from all family members.</li> <li>Encourage your tween or teen to always eat breakfast. It helps enhance their performance throughout the day. Prepare easy breakfasts for busy mornings such as a breakfast burrito or fruit smoothie.</li> <li>At home, have snacks such as washed vegetables, fruit or cheese and crackers readily available.</li> <li>Involve your tween or teen in preparing meals and include some of their favourite foods in meals when possible.<br></li> <li>Encourage the entire family to eat together and make mealtimes enjoyable.<br></li> </ul> <p>The chart below has some ideas to help you plan and prepare meals and snacks that can fit in to your tween's or teen's regimen.</p> <table class="akh-table"> <thead> <tr><th></th> <th>Day 1</th> <th>Day 2</th> <th>Day 3</th> <th>Day 4</th> <th>Day 5</th></tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td>Breakfast ideas</td> <td>Toast with peanut butter, apple, milk</td> <td>Banana strawberry smoothie, mixed nuts</td> <td>Cold cereal with milk, apple</td> <td>Breakfast wrap (whole wheat tortilla, cheese, and veggies), orange juice</td> <td>Yogurt parfait (yogurt, strawberries and granola or bran cereal), whole wheat toast, milk</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lunch ideas</td> <td>Tuna salad on whole wheat bread, veggie sticks (carrots, celery), water</td> <td>Pasta salad with mixed veggies, yogurt, apple juice</td> <td>Veggie sandwich with hummus and whole wheat bread, banana, water</td> <td>Pita pizza (veggies, cheese, sauce), veggie sticks (carrots, celery), water</td> <td>Salad with chicken, crackers and cheese, water</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dinner ideas</td> <td>Lasagna, mixed bean salad, orange juice</td> <td>Roast chicken and steamed rice, steamed vegetables, water</td> <td>Stir fry (chicken and mixed veggies), green leaf salad, water</td> <td>Grilled fish with steamed rice, steamed vegetables, apple juice</td> <td>Chicken/beef fajitas with mixed veggies and whole wheat tortillas, milk or water</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Snack ideas</td> <td>Cheese and crackers, fruit salad</td> <td>Veggie sticks, crackers</td> <td>Fresh/canned peaches, crackers and hummus</td> <td>Oatmeal cookie, yogurt with berries</td> <td>Cheese and crackers, veggie sticks</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/involving_kids_in_mealtime_tasks.jpgInvolving kids in meal time tasks

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