Teach Nutrition to Kids
The health of the child is also the concern of the child.
Don't consider him/her (the child) as a minor in issues that affects his or her health -- they deserve to know and contribute.
Kids are speed leaner. They have such an unusual brain power and ability to collect and retain information for a very long time. Teach them anything and everything about nutrition and diet and when you have long forgotten they will be the one to remind you.
In fact, impacting children with such knowledge would make them an automatic advocates of good nutrition amongst their peers.
You never can tell if such a knowledge tranfer might turn-out to be the career that child will pursue in the future; if that happens the credit goes to you.
# Plan the "how to", "when to" and "where to" before you initiate the idea.
# If possible, know all about what you want to say.
# Be prepared to answer a lot of questions.
# Be friendly with the child: you can't really learn from someone you dislike.
# Create a learning environment with less distraction. It could be at the dinner table or in the kitchen or anywhere you find the opportunity.
# Be creative about it: infuse fun into it so the child learn and have fun simultaneously.
# Avoid information overload:just because a child can learn does not mean you give him/her too much at a time.
# Call for review: give a long break after which you then call the child for a review. but you have to keep it short and simple.
# Proeject/Assignment: allow the child to go learn something on his/her own and then come later to teach you.
# Encouragement: another way to increase their interest and participation is give a prize (not necessarily money) after every job well done.
Ebenezer Olasunkanmi Akinrinade (gent2smile)
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