Best Ways to Changing Child’s Eating Habits – ?أطفالنا أكبادنا فكيف نغير عاداتهم الغذائية


الدكاترة حسن يحيى

Hasan A. Yahya, Ph.ds. الدكاترة حسن يحيى

 Socio-therapy and psychotherapy deals equally with children as members of the society. It’s no surprise that fast food plays a large part in the diet of most Americans. We’ve seen the effects that dietary degradation can have upon our health. More  and more children, from 3 to 9 are suffering from obesity. A good portion of pre-school children are overweight. Children that are overweight are at an increased risk for health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions. Parents often complain that their children are picky eaters. And they  should re-evaluate the eating habits of the whole family. It is time for mothers to try new ways to produce and present food to their children. Here are some ways to change your child habits of eating:

  1. Keep in mind that more calories don’t necessarily mean more nutrition. Ask your child for his or her opinion.
  2. Write a list of your child’s favorite foods then look through recipes for different ways to prepare those foods while integrating new foods into your meals.
  3. It is normal to receive your child rejection to some foods, your child will not like every food you serve. That’s okay. Like yourself, probably certain foods that you don’t like. So, your child doesn’t have to like every food in order to eat healthy.
  4. Let them share food preparing: Get the kids  involved. Let them help you prepare a meal.  Prepare a food that you normally don’t include in your regular meals. Try a new recipe.
  5. You are the role model for your children: Set a good example for your children through your own healthy eating habits. Break up the mealtime routine.
  6. The factor of child personality:  Your child personality  plays a great role when it comes to how he or she will respond to new foods. It’s important to understand your child’s personality as you are offering up a world of food to her/him.  Children usually respond by behaving in the way that gets them attention. If they are labeled as picky, as they will act that way and thus exacerbate the problem. Specialists suggest that you try not to react dramatically  if your child turns his nose up to a food and resist the urge to label him as ‘the hater of all that is green.’  He will pick up on your reaction and repeat his behavior again and again.
  7. There are ways to help children expand their dietary delights. Keep trying new dishes. Add a variety of foods. Don’t get stuck in the rut of preparing the same meals repeatedly. If children say they don’t like a particular food encourage them to taste it but don’t try to force them to eat it. Try the same food again at a later time or use the same food in a different way.
  8. Repetition of providing food several times:  Research shows that it takes 8 to 15 times of introducing a new food to a child for him to accept it. This means  that you need to offer that food an average of 10 times before your child will consider eating it.
    1.  Studies have shown that food preferences are shaped between the ages of three and five.  In many cases, be patient, and repeat doing the same thing one more time. Sure! you will succeed. (571 words) www.askdryahya.com/index.html

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About Arab American Encyclopedia-USA - Hasan Yahya

HASAN YAHYA was born at a small village called Majdal-YaFa (Majdal Sadiq) in Mandate Palestine (1944). He migrated as a refugee to Mes-ha, a village east of Kufr Qasim, west of Nablus (in the West Bank), then moved with his family to Zarka, 25 km north of Amman – Jordan. He finished the high school at Zarka Secondary School, 1963. He was appointed as a teacher in the same year. Studied Law first at Damascus University, then B.A from Lebanon University in Arabic literature and Eastern Cultures (1975). He moved to Kuwait. Where he got married in 1967. He was working at Kuwait Television, taught at bilingual School, and Kuwait University. In 1982, Hasan left to the United States to continue his education at Michigan State University. He got the Master Degree in 1983, the Ph.D degree in 1988 in Education (Psychology of Administration ). In 1991, He obtained his post degree in Social research, the result was a second Ph.D degree in Comparative sociology-Social Psychology. He was the only Arab student who enrolled ever to pursue two simultaneous Ph.D programs from Michigan State University and fulfill their requirements perfectly. Professor Yahya employment history began as a supervisor of a joint project to rehabilitate Youth (inmates out of prison) by Michigan State University and Intermediate School Districts. Worked also as a Teacher Assistant and lecturer in the same university. He was offered a position at Lansing Community College as well as Jackson Community College where he was assistant professor, then associate professor, then full professor (1991-2006). He taught Sociology, psychology, education, criminology and research methods. He supervised 19 Master and Ph.D candidates on various personal, economic psychological and social development topics. Professor Yahya published Hundreds (1000 Plus on this site) of articles and research reports in local, regional, and international journals. His interest covers local, regional and global conflicts. He also authored, translated, edited and published over 280 plus books in several languages, in almost all fields especial education, sociology and psychology. These books can be found on Amazon and Kindle. He also, was a visiting professor at Eastern Michigan University to give Research Methods and Conflict Management courses. Prof. Yahya accepted an offer to join Zayed University Faculty Team in 1998, then he served as the Head of Education and Psychology Department at Ajman University of Science and Technology 2001-04. Dr. Yahya established several institutes in Diaspora, the Arab American Encyclopedia, Ihyaa al Turath al Arabi Project, (Revival of Arab Heritage in Diaspora.Recently he was nominated for honorary committee member for the Union of Arab and Muslim Writers in America. He was affiliated with sociological associations and was a member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) at USA. Social Activities and Community Participation: Dr. Yahya was a national figure on Diversity and Islamic Issues in the United States, with special attention to Race Relations and Psychology of Assimilation (generations 1,2 &3). He was invited as a public speaker to many TV shows and interviews in many countries. His philosophy includes enhancing knowledge to appreciate the others, and to compromise with others in order to live peacefully with others. This philosophy was the backgrounds of his theory, called “ Theory C. of Conflict Management”. And developed later to a Science of Cultural Normalization under the title: “Crescentology. The results of such theory will lead to world peace depends on a global Knowledge, Understanding, appreciation, and Compromising (KUAC)” Recently Prof. Yahya started "Publish your book FREE Project", to serve young Arab Writers. Dr. Yahya accepted the offer to be the chief editor of the International Humanities Studies Journal -I-H-S-Jerusalem, since July 2014. (Revised Sept. 2014) ولد الدكتور حسن عبدالقادر يحيى في مجدل يابا من أعمال يافا – فلسطين عام 1944. تلقى علومه الابتدائية في مدرسة بديا الأميرية في الضفة الغربية أيام احتوائها ضمن المملكة الأدردنية الهاشمية وتخرج في جامعة بيروت حاملاً الإجازة في اللغة العربية وآدابها، ودبلوم التأهيل التربوي من كلية القديس يوسف بلبنان، ودبلوم الدراسات العليا (الماجستير) ودكتوراة في الإدارة التربوية من جامعة ولاية ميشيغان بالولايات المتحدة عام 1988، وشهادة الدكتوراه في علم الاجتماع المقارن من الجامعة نفسها عام 1991. عمل في التدريس والصحافة الأدبية. أديب وشاعر وقاص ، ,كما عمل في تلفزيون الكويت الرسمي كمعد ومنسق برامج ثم اتجه إلى الكتابة والتأليف في علوم كثيرة تخص علمي النفس والاجتماع والتنمية البشرية ، والتغير الاجتماعي والسكان وألف ونشر العديد من المقالات (1000 +) والكتب باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية (أكثر من 330 كتابا) ، منها ست مجموعات قصصية وست كتب للأطفال ، وأربع دواوين شعرية باللغتين أيضا. وعدد من كتب التراث في الشعر والأدب والأخلاق الإسلامية والتربية والأديان . وهو الآن أستاذ متقاعد في جامعة ولاية ميشيغان. . وكان عضوا سابقا في جمعية العلماء المسلمين في أمريكا . وجمعية علماء الاجتماع الأمريكية - ميشيغان، وهو مؤسس الموسوعة العربية الأمريكية في الولايات المتحدة ضمن مشروع إحياء التراث العربي في بلاد المهجرز كما تم ترشيحه مؤخرا ليكون عضو مجلس التحرير لمجلة الدراسات الإنسانية العالمية. وقد قبل أن يتسلم رئاسة تحريرها اعتبارا من نهاية يونيو 2014 His email: askdryahya@yahoo.com Thank you!
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