There are a number of ways to help children learn healthy attitudes towards food.
- Create opportunities to teach children the difference between ‘everyday foods’ and ‘sometimes foods’.
- Never use food as a reward, or deny or remove food as punishment.
- Do not use food to comfort a child, as this can establish a pattern of relying on food for comfort. Identify ways to reward children for their achievements without using food. Praise and encouragement are often all that a child needs from an adult.
- Do not reward children for eating or punish children for not eating.