The benefits of the school canteen in children
That our children eat in the school dining room It is often an obligation, especially when we have difficulties to reconcile work and personal life. But not only are they good for parents' schedules, but the school canteen can have multiple benefits for our children.
While it is true that at home with homemade food you do not eat anywhere, so it is that at school you can learn manners and to take everything (especially fruits and vegetables), besides being another place to socialize with the rest of classmates. Of course, when choosing the dining room you should pay attention to the quality of your meal (for example, if it is prepared right there), that the menu is varied and approved by nutritionists and the rules that follow (if they force you to finish the dish or not, among others).
The school canteen, its benefits for our children
Good eating habits: Your children can not choose if they eat or not the food they are given because, simply, it is what they are, and this is usually healthy to prevent obesity in children. Obviously this is not the case in cases of allergic children and also depends on the dining rooms, but the truth is that several studies have highlighted that children who eat in the dining room have better eating habits. Of course, you can not forget that this (that children eat everything) It is the responsibility of the parents and the dining room only helps us.
Adequate amount: school canteens, to be specialized in food for children, they give them exactly the amount they should take according to your age This is something that at home we sometimes fail by pure ignorance, putting our children amounts similar to those we take, which is not good: you should eat according to your age and size.
Autonomy: your children will learn to eat alone, to take their cutlery, split the pieces and finish the dish, so they will be more autonomous
Socialization: while they eat, the children are sharing time with other classmates of class, so they are also socializing. In addition, the fact that there are some and others finishing the plane will encourage your little one to finish with his also.
Routine and schedules: At school, you always eat at exactly the same time, and with a very established schedule, with the specified times to eat. At home sometimes this is more improvised and, especially during the weekends, we "skip" plus the rules.
Respect rules: each dining room has her rules and our son will learn to fulfill them: from not getting up from the chair while eating until they take what they put on the plate without crying.
Finally, the school cafeteria can also be a help for parents in certain moments of urgency as a provisional measure. They are also a good option when the school is far from home and our little one would end up having lunch too late, so you can stay there and pick it up later, especially if you have extracurricular classes or activities in the afternoon.
Angela R. Bonachera