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Gradeschool (Ages 5 – 12 Years Old)

Cooking with Children

A good way for your child to learn about making good food choices is by letting your child be involved in preparing meals, snacks, or desserts. Let your child help plan the meal, decide what ingredients are needed, pick out the ingredients at the grocery store, prepare the food, and set the table when it’s all done. A parent should always accompany the child when preparing, planning, or gathering the ingredients at the grocery store. Parents should also explain the importance of low fat foods and assign age appropriate tasks to be carried out (wash fresh fruits & vegetables, mix ingredients in a bowl, etc.).

Be Involved at Your Child’s School

Taking an interest and being involved at your child’s school shows that you care and want to help your child succeed in his/her education. Active involvement in the parent teacher association (PTA), parent teacher organization (PTO), volunteering in field trips, or volunteering in the classroom (reading to the kids, doing arts and crafts, etc.) is a good way for parents to get involved at their child’s school. Most schools always need some kind of help during special events, serving meals, bringing items to class parties, field trips or dance chaperons, and so forth. It’s best to check with your child’s school about volunteering activities in which you can help out.

Building Self-Esteem

Self-esteem gives children a sense of self-worth, belonging, and to know that our contributions are valued by others. Feeling good about ourselves from our accomplishments and having others notice helps children develop pride and self-respect. As parents we want to help our children in any way possible. We can increase self-esteem issues in children by providing unconditional love with no strings attached, offer our undivided attention to let your child know how important and valuable he/she may be, have clear and consistent reasonable set rules for your child to follow, encourage your child to explore and tackle new tasks, give positive praises, listen to your child, show empathy, support your child’s strengths, and always acknowledge progress. All children have strengths and weaknesses. Children don’t have to be perfect in everything they do in order to feel good about themselves. Let your child know that it’s okay to make mistakes because that’s how we learn. We learn from our mistakes.

Reference:

HealthyChildren.Org (2011). Cooking with your children. American Academy of Pediatrics. Retrieved from http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/nutrition/pages/Cooking-With-Your-Children.aspx

HealthyChildren.Org (2011). How to get involved with your child’s school. American Academy of Pediatrics. Retrieved from http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/school/pages/How-to-Get-Involved-With-Your-Childs-School.aspx

Henry, S. (2010). Ten ways to build your child’s self-esteem. Baby Center LLC. Retrieved from http://www.babycenter.com/0_ten-ways-to-build-your-childs-self-esteem_66717.bc

 

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