Picture this …. My children are 5, 3, and 18 months old. They do not listen to me and do not follow my instructions, until it gets to fever pitch shouting point. They do listen to my husband and appear perfectly behaved for others. Things feel like they are getting out of control – how can I make my children listen to me so that I am less stressed, and our family is happier?Read more
The period in a child’s development between one and three years of age can often be a difficult one – particularly when it comes to eating. Food and nutrients are the building blocks which help to form strong teeth and bones, muscles and healthy tissues. A good diet can also help to protect against illness.
Important nutrients for toddlers
Vitamins for health
Particularly important vitamins are A, C and D.
Vitamin A is needed for:
boosting immunity, and
Vitamin A can often be lacking in the diets of…
This chapter appears in the fourth edition of Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman. Nutrition section by Reed Mangels Ph.D., R.D.
Many members of The Vegetarian Resource Group are glowing testimony to the fact that vegan children can be healthy, grow normally, be extremely active, and (we think) smarter than average. Of course it takes time and thought to feed vegan children….
Plate = New Symbol for Healthy Eating
Goodbye, pyramid. Hello, plate.
The Food Guide Pyramid was the model for healthy eating in the United States. Maybe you had to memorize its rainbow stripes in school.
But the USDA, the agency in charge of nutrition, has switched to a new symbol: a colorful plate —called MyPlate — with some of the same messages:Read more
Adults often have unrealistic ideas on how much and the types of food their child should be eating. A child’s appetite changes as they develop. Babies grow very rapidly and therefore often eat well. It is surprising to parents that toddlers seem to eat very little food. This is because they grow at a much slower rate than babies and therefore need fewer kilojoules (a source of energy found in food).Read more
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What’s the best way to brush my child’s teeth?
While your child’s early teeth are still coming in, you can clean them with a wet washcloth or a piece of gauze. By the time his back molars have come in (around 18 months), you can switch to a soft nylon-bristle child’s toothbrush. Using plain water, gently brush the teeth on both the outside and inside surfaces twice a day. Brush his tongue as well (if he’ll let you)…Read more