Sitting and eating meals together with children is an important part of family style dining that can encourage children to try new foods and eat healthy foods. Throughout this lesson, watch and practice these easy modeling healthy eating strategies to empower yourself to lead by example and see your mealtime transform to be the most enjoyable part of the day!
Family style dining is a widely recommended practice for feeding children in childcare. The Institute of Medicine, USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program and Head Start Peformance Standards recommend that childcare providers serve meals family style for children between ages 2-5 years. During family style dining, providers sit and eat meals together with children and children select their own portions and serve themselves.