Before having children I instructed adults with learning disabilities, then conducted training in the workplace. Once I had children, I focused my time on raising curious, self-reliant children by using our time together as learning opportunities. We talk about nutrition when we select "party" food and discuss why cupcakes and cookies are not always a great choice, but popcorn or a bagel with colored cream cheese is a better one. We can hide so much long term learning and habits in small choices we make with them as very young children.
We learn by doing and even better... we learn best by teaching others. We double recipes or cut them in half. Sometimes I simply say, you add half the ingredients and let your brother add the other half. Then they are figuring out how much each needs to do for the 1/2 c flour. I'm sneaky that way with math. I'm always "hiding" it in something fun to reinforce what we learned at school or give them a head start on something they will be covering. When you make a sandwich, you can always talk to your toddler about it being a square and count the sides or ask how to get two triangles out of it.
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B.S. University of Evansville M.Ed. University of Louisville
Growing up when a soda pop for breakfast was normal as were treats every day, I can say teaching our children to enjoy healthier food items during celebrations is crucial. I've watched by family and friends battle holidays and the mental need for those holiday treats. Now I am witnessing children who are being raised with an awareness of the joy of healthy food and their ability to walk away from and be satisfied with a small treat. This needs to start at a young age. Hence, the research to develop a quick one stop shopping guide for parents on holiday treats.