Although it’s summer, I try and keep my kids learning every day. I am having my 7 year old teach my 5 year old reading skills, my 9 year old teach my 7 year old to play the piano, and I’ll teach nutrition, of course.
Ketchup boys preschool teacher taught them a unit on nutrition. I thought it was so appropriate for the ages, and all my kids have since caught on. The simpleness of it was great. She said, “We have ‘green light food’. This food you can eat anytime, and makes you ‘go’. Then we have yellow light food. These foods you eat sometimes, and makes you a little slower. Then there are red light foods. These foods you should not eat, and they will make you stop!”
Every item of food I give Ketchup boy he asks, “mom, is this a green light food?” Luckily, we have lot’s of green light foods. We were talking yesterday about drugs and alcohol and the flip-flopper said, “are drugs a red light food?” Yes! I told her. They totally get it.
So, get creative. Every day this summer teach your kids something! Not just reading and writing, but history, nutrition, geography, Physical fitness, emergency preparedness, environmental awareness. Think of things that may not be covered by your local school.
I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.Learn More about Natalie