How did your last family visit to a restaurant go? Can you even remember the last time you ate out with the whole gang? A night off of kitchen duty sounds so appealing...that is until you remember your the meltdowns and stares from other tables that followed.
The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun and I know many of the parents I work with are wishing they could hold off just a while longer. Not because they need more time to prepare the festive menu, but because when living with a child on the spectrum days that veer from routine can be trying.
Kids with autism do best when they know what’s coming. Holidays lack comforting routine and present potential surprises. They’re a challenge. Combined with the extra pressure to have a happy day, holidays like Thanksgiving can lead to stress and anxiety for both child and parent.
Imagine this: your child - open to exploring new foods, helping out in the kitchen, excited to pass through the produce section of the grocery store, asking for second servings of something other than chicken nuggets.
Does this sound like a dream?
It doesn’t have to be. Adopting one simple action is all you need to start converting your kiddo from a veggie skeptic to happy omnivore.
Most kids benefit from eating at least five times a day. That’s a minimum of two snacks! If you’re always wondering what to serve your kids for snack that is healthy and fun, you’re in the right place.