Child Care News for Parents March 5, 2014 -®
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March 5, 2014
International Women's Day is on March 8th and this year's theme is Inspiring Change. We want to know what changes you would like to make to assist women, particularly working mums. We also take a look at the benefits of Family style eating. Are you guilty of leaving your kids to eat their dinner while you do chores? Do they eat better in child care? Read our article on how passing the plate can help in many ways.
International Women's Day 2014: Inspiring Change

What changes would you like to see?

This coming Saturday, March 8, is International Women's Day, a day that celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women, while focusing world attention on areas that need further action.

This year's theme for the global hub is Inspiring Change and aims encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women's equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

The vast array of communication channels, supportive spokespeople, equality research, campaigns and corporate responsibility initiatives means everyone can be an advocate inspiring change for women's advancement.
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The importance of family style eating

Bring back proper meal times & passing the plate

Family style eating and proper mealtimes are becoming less and less of a daily occurrence in busy homes, and it could well be affecting our kids in many ways. From manners, to socializing and building relationships/connecting with other family members to eating habits and relationships with food, the family mealtime, self-serving and passing food around the table is hugely important.

In fact research recently published goes as far as to say that family style eating, particularly passing bowls around and allowing children to serve themselves may even help prevent childhood obesity according to a study by the University of Illinois.

Eating together as a family is not only important at home but has also been found to be beneficial in child care too.

Passing the plate helps develop portion awareness

The University of Illinois study looked at the feeding practices of two to five-year-old children in 118 child care centres.

Researchers showed that when children and child care workers sit around a table together at mealtimes, passing bowls and serving themselves, children learn to recognise when they are full better than they do when food is pre-plated for them.
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