Mealtimes are an important part of children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. They get to practice new skills like using a knife and fork or sharing, and are learning from adults and peers, engaging in conversations, and learning more about food. Positive mealtimes strengthen the enjoyment of eating together and is the perfect opportunity to share how they are feeling or about something from their day.
For parents and young children, mealtimes can sometimes be a challenge and quite stressful! Particularly at the end of the day when everyone is a little more tired. Nutrition Australia has a fantastic resource that gives 12 tips and tricks to help families and educators create happy mealtimes. This is definitely something to check out!!!