Resolution 2: Small Plates

small plateMake it fun. Pick a new food for the family (or revisit a healthy one that never got traction). Have the kids find the smallest plates in the house to serve this food on—this could be a doll plate or a plate for a fashion doll or action figure. Everyone can pop a serving from their tiny plate into their mouth and try. Praise everyone who laughs and plays along for trying. Award points for bravery and gusto.Work up to slightly bigger plates. For trouble with healthy drinks like milk, try this with toy-sized cups.

Common sense: avoid very small toys and cups for children under 4 years of age since they are a choking hazard.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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