Creating a Successful Mealtime Environment

Overview / Objectives

Mealtimes are critical to a child’s well-being.  A successful mealtime environment is one where adults have the tools and strategies to facilitate, support, and guide children’s physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development.

After completing this module, you will know how to:

  • Plan appropriate transitions before and after meals.
  • Identify the adult’s and children’s responsibilities before the mealtime.
  • Strengthen emerging social skills.
  • Support positive mealtime behaviors.
  • Manage challenging mealtime behaviors.
  • Create a dialogue with parents and guardians about the mealtime experience.