Online workshops help parents make mealtimes easier

Written by ECA Review

Parents of young children who may be facing challenges with young picky eaters can learn valuable strategies and tips for making mealtimes happy times for the whole family through a free, online workshop offered by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

The class is an online version of AHS’ Goodbye Mealtime Struggles workshops, which are offered regularly in communities across AHS Central Zone.

The classes are moving online in order to follow public health guidelines on physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by a registered dietitian and a pediatric occupational therapist, the Goodbye Mealtime Struggles workshop helps parents learn how to overcome mealtime conflicts with children from one to five years of age.

Over the course of the two-hour workshop, discussions focus on the growing and developing eating skills of children, exploring the reasons behind mealtime struggles, the importance of setting a consistent mealtime routine, portion sizes and how to introduce healthy new foods.

Parents will learn a number of strategies to take to their own dinner tables and will also have the opportunity to connect online with other parents facing similar mealtime struggles.

Online Goodbye Mealtime Struggles classes will be offered via Zoom on the following dates: Dec. 16 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Jan. 20 — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information and to register to attend, please call your local community health centre. You will receive an email with your Zoom link a day before the workshop.

 

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