Lessons on feeding young kids told through Disney movie lines

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Who knew there are some many great tips inside Disney movie lines that we can use in feeding our own kids!

Lesson #1 "Let It Go"

Any parent with a young child especially a daughter has heard the Frozen Song many, many times! This was an easy fit into our "Lessons on Feeding Young Kids" with the theme song, "Let It Go". When it comes to feeding kids nutritious meals, it can seem like an impossible task. Just getting the food on the table seems like an amazing accomplishment because it is! So if you've managed to grab some healthy fruits & veggies at the grocery store, set times for meals & snacks, eat at the table, and have the fruits & veggies on the table - that definitely deserves a gold star! Yay! You've done your part and now it's time to "Let It Go". It's time for your kiddos to do their part! "Let It Go" with making your child eat so much of their veggies before their dessert, "Let It Go" with making your child clean their plate.  "Let It Go" in making your child eat everything on the table. Your kids have a part in this as well! Let them decide which foods and how much to eat of the foods you have served for the meal and the snack. This Division of Responsibility frees you from mealtime battles!

Lesson # 2 "I’m Watching Wazowski, always watching" Monsters, Inc

Monsters, Inc is such a fun movie with a creative twist to the classic monster under my bed fear for kids! Just like Roz is "always watching" Mike Wazowski, our kids are always watching us. Modeling healthy eating is an important part of kids learning how to incorporate a variety of foods into their everyday life.If we make negative comments about foods served or about our veggies, your kids are watching and learning.  When searching for a snack and you sit down with a fruit or veggie snack, your kids are watching. They are watching our behavior with food, what we serve ourselves for meals & snacks, and listening to our comments. They're watching, always watching!

Lesson #3: "You’ve Got a Friend in Me" and family bonding with meals

Who doesn't love Toy Story and the class song, "You've Got a Friend in Me"?! When you are intentional about family meals and having your family gather at the table (devices off) several times throughout the week, you are providing so much more than just food! This family meal bonding time is providing a great place to share, laugh, and enjoy each other! Check out The Family Dinner Project for conversation starters, dinner games, recipes, and more.

Lesson #4: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and—snap!—the job’s a game!” – Mary Poppins 

With kids imaginations, the skies the limit! Enjoying veggies with kids can be a game and certainly can have elements of fun! Throw a Fruit & Veggie Color Party, invite friends, and you may just be surprised at what your child is willing to try in a fun party with friends! Grab the FREE "How to Throw a Color Party" guide and watch our videos in how we turned into a fun game!

Lesson #5: “She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.” – Beauty and the Beast

The fuzzy outside of a kiwifruit, the prickly pineapple, and the odd shape of a butternut squash shows the vast variety of how fruits and vegetables grow. Some of the fruits & vegetables can be so oddly shape, your child is not so sure about approaching them! Help kids explore the variety of fruits & vegetables by enjoying a farmer's market with them where they can touch and feel the crazy shapes. Let them help you with gardening and pull out the funny shapes of sweet potatoes and other veggies. Adults can be baffled by what to do with some produce. Laugh together at trying to get into a new fruit or vegetable, find a video and learn together!

Lesson #6 "Just keep swimming" - Finding Nemo

Kids need time. It takes repetition with years of practice for them to remember to say "thank you" and "please" on their own. Kids learn from constantly doing and seeing. Keep that same frame of mind when you are providing fruits & vegetables. The first time your child sees asparagus, they most likely will not gobble it all down. They may not even want to try one bite. Keep offering, keep serving, and keep trying it. It can take kids 10-15 times of seeing the food before coming around to trying it and eating it. Don't give up! Just keep swimming!

Lesson # 7 “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh

Let's face it. Raising kids is a challenge with so many huggable rewards! The craziness of life with young children can bring about many obstacles to getting anything on the table resembling food. Now add to that, guiding kids in the direction toward healthy food and it may seem like an impossible task at times. You are doing an amazing job at parenting! Keep offering a variety of food and laugh at the meals that did not turn out quite like you had imagined!

Lesson #8: “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – The Lion King

As many of you know and have experienced, it's not all sunshine & roses at the table with everyone telling you how much they love the broccoli! This is where the Division of Responsibility really does free you and let's you enjoy your meals with your children. Just like with putting children to sleep, you can set the stage for bedtime by guiding the bedtime routine that provides the best way for them to get ready to sleep but you cannot physically make them go to sleep. That's the child's part. The same holds true with food. You can guide the mealtimes by having set snack/meal times, offering variety of fruits & veggies, keep repeating the offering but eating the food is the child's part.  If you've had stressful mealtimes in the past, learn from them, and look toward a more peaceful, enjoyable meal times for the future.

Great resources: * Division of Responsibility by Ellyn Satter, RD, "The Nourished Child" Podcast by Jill Castle, RD, and The Family Dinner Project.

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