early childhood - Feeding, Nutrition and Eating Habits
April 14, 2007 6:11am CST
The years between two and six are a prime period for establishing good eating habits and healthful standards of nutrition. Unfortunately, it appears to be the span of time when eating problems often begin. With body growth slowing down, appetites are reduced. Parents begin to worry when they see their child refusing or toying with food. Instead of being pleasant family affairs, mealtimes become disagreeable encounters during which the child practices his autonomy. The child becomes picky and choosy about what he will or will not eat. How parents handle this problem will affect the child's ego as well as his health.