Remember to pause for snacking. Most children and teens need to eat every three to four hours throughout the day to fuel their growing, active bodies. This translates into the following:
→ Younger kids need to eat three meals and at least two snacks a day.
→ Older kids need to eat three meals and at least one snack a day (they may need two snacks if they’re going through a growth spurt or if they are very physically active).
Provide pre-constructed snack options for your child to allow for independence. This would be like sending them with a lunch box each day. Children are quite capable of feeding themselves and this provides another way you can remove yourself from having to intervene.