Parenting Styles 3 Styles of Parenting used by most parents Parents use all styles and will adapt styles depending on the child’s age or situation.
Jellyfish Parents express a great deal of warmth in parenting but very little control. Parents believe that the child will learn through natural interaction within the environment. Also known as “permissive” parenting.
Brick Wall Parent expect their children to do what they are told. Consequences for broken rules are serious and implemented without making the situation a learning experience. Also known as “authoritarian” parenting.
Backbone Parents express a great deal of warmth along with high levels of control. Parents are democratic in decision making; however, they still have the final vote on decisions. Also known as “authoritative” parenting.
What is an Active Parent? What is your parenting style? Determine if you are the brick wall, the jellyfish, or the backbone. – The backbone parenting style takes a democratic approach, is active and involved, and many times is the best approach to use with your preteen.
MyPlate illustrates the five food groups using a familiar meal visual, a place setting. Before you or your family members eat, think about what goes on your plates or in your cups or bowls. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean-protein foods contain the nutrients your family needs without too many calories. Enjoy food, but avoid oversized portions.
Try Some of these tips to help build a healthy plate! Tip 1: Make half the plate fruits and vegetables Eat red, orange, and dark-green vegetables, such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, in main and side dishes. Eat fruit, vegetables, or unsalted nuts as snacks— they are nature’s original fast foods.
Tip 2: Switch to skim or 1% milk They have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories. Try calcium-fortified soy products as an alternative to dairy foods.
Tip 3: Make at least half the grains whole Choose 100% whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice, and pasta. Check the ingredients list on food packages to find whole-grain foods.
Tip 4: Vary the protein food choices Twice a week, choose seafood as a protein source. Eat beans, which are a natural source of fiber and protein. Keep meat and poultry portions small and lean.
What are Nutrient-Rich Foods? Foods that are nutrient-rich provide substantial amounts of key nutrients in comparison to the calories they contain. Examples include: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat milk products, lean meats, seafood, and eggs.
Nutrition Basics for Your Preteen: More CALCIUM Quick-Fix Foods: Smoothie (milk based), low- fat milk, low-fat yogurt Health Link to Preteen: Promotes stronger, denser bones
More FIBER Health Link to Preteen: Promotes healthy digestion, regulates blood-sugar levels Quick-Fix Foods: Whole grain, high fiber granola bar, apples and oranges
More FOLATE Health Link to Preteen: Promotes production of new body cells especially important for periods of rapid growth Quick-Fix Foods: Orange juice, bananas, soybeans, fortified cereals, and nuts
More IRON Quick Fix Foods: Fortified breakfast cereal, chickpeas, lean cuts of red meat, spinach or broccoli Health Link to Preteen: Promotes essential delivery of oxygen to red blood cells where oxygen is used to produce energy
More ZINC Quick Fix Foods: Almonds, peanut butter on whole wheat bread, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, lean cuts of beef Health Link to Preteen: Promotes body tissue growth and repair, enhances immune function
Less SOLID FAT, Less SUGAR, and Lower SALT Health Link to Preteen: Promotes healthy body weight, more nutrient-rich foods, lower blood pressure, and lifelong healthy habits
Good news! Foods that have less solid fat, less sugar, and lower salt, tend to be similar foods - and all of them can be made into easy snacks for your preteen!
Quick-Fix Foods: Whole fruit placed in a bowl for easy access, pre-cut vegetables that are ready to grab from the fridge, non-fat or low-fat dairy products such as yogurt or easily blended smoothie ingredients, whole grain bread and cereal options, lean cuts of meat, seeds and nuts
SMART Plans What is it? SMART Planning is an effective planning method that results in workable, efficient changes. Why will I do it? Because SMART Plans provide a workable way for your family to make the healthy choice the easy choice. When will I do it? You will create 4 SMART Plans today, and work on them throughout the course of the program.
S M R A T Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic/Relevant Time Bound Plans