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Male Involvement Having an active father or father figure in your childs life provides your child with guidance and discipline. From infancy, children.

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2 Male Involvement Having an active father or father figure in your childs life provides your child with guidance and discipline. From infancy, children need proper guidance and discipline. Active fathers play an important role in teaching their children proper behavior by setting and enforcing healthy limits. (Office of Head Start) NUTRITION Feeding your child nutritious meals and snacks helps your baby or toddler learn healthy eating habits, feel important and loved, and trust that others will care for him/her. Here are some tips to help your child become a healthy eater: 1.Meals are about more than food. This is a time to connect and talk with your child. Eating together helps build a strong relationship. 2.Make mealtime a part of your routine. Establish regular meal and snack times beginning when your child is 9-12 months old. In doing so, your child will look forward to each meal and feel a sense of control and confidence. 3.Offer 3 to 4 healthy food choices (that your child likes) at each meal. Research shows that children will choose a healthy diet when they are offered a selection of different healthy foods. 4.Dont force your baby or toddler to eat. This often results in children refusing the food and eating less. 3.Dont give up on new foods! Patience is extremely important. You may have to offer your child a new food 10 to 15 times before they will eat it. 4.Turn off the TV (computers, etc.) at mealtime. The television can distract children from eating. It also takes time away from talking as a family. 5.Healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand. Make active play a part of your familys everyday routine. (Healthy from the Start, zerotothree.org)

3 Developmental Activity Being active and exercising is just as important to your health as nutrition. Get outside! Go on an around walk with your child. Walk around your house, walk around a light pole, walk around a tree, walk around a leaf on the ground. etc. Dental How to clean your childs teeth: Keep your babys mouth clean by gently brushing the gums and teeth with water and a soft infant toothbrush or gauze. Once your baby has 9 teeth, you can start using a child-sized toothbrush for daily cleanings. Brush your childs teeth 2 times a day. Start by using a fluoride-free toothpaste. When your child is able to spit and not swallow the toothpaste (usually around 2 to 3 years old), you should continue brushing his or her teeth using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Health Cold season is here! Here are some feel-better tips: Bring on the heat. Hot drinks soothe coughs and sore throats while also clearing mucus. So eat (or drink) your chicken soup! Get steamed up. A steamy shower helps stuffy or irritated noses. Or run a humidifier to relive your scratchy throat, stuffy nose, and itchy eyes. Practice healthy habits. Boost your immune system by eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly. Blow your horn. Blowing your nose is the best way to get rid of mucus. Rest. Take a nap or go to bed a little earlier for a few nights. De-stress. Kids who are stressed out feel worse when they have colds. Relax and use the time to read or listen to music. (kidshealth.org) Stay up to date by checking out Head Start for Kent Countys website (www.hs4kc.org) and help us get our Likes on Facebook! ( https://www.facebook.com/hs4kc) Mental Health Corner Family meals are a comforting ritual for both parents and kids. Children like the predictability of family meals and parents get a chance to spend quality time with their children while introducing them to new foods and modeling healthy eating. As a result, children will gain confidence, positive mental well-being and healthy eating habits. (kidshealth.org)

4 *Upcoming Dates:* Monday, October North Kent Head Start- 9:30am Friday, October Rogers Lane Head Start- 9:00am Monday, October Rogers Lane Head Start- 9:30am Friday, October North Kent Head Start- 9:00am *If you are more than 15 minutes late you are welcome to attend, but you will not receive diapers for your participation. Socialization in an opportunity to: Focus on you & your EHS child Play with your child Meet other parents Earn free diapers Rogers Lane Head Start 2929 Rogers Lane Wyoming, MI Directions: US 131 to Exit 81 Take 28 th St West toward Grandville Turn left on Clyde Park Ave SW Turn right on Colrain St SW Please use door # 10 to enter Directions: 1.2 Miles North of 17 Mile Rd. on White Creek Ave. Building is located on the West side of the road. North Kent Head Start White Creek Ave Cedar Springs, MI *No charge to attend *Snack provided *Please no outside food


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