As a parent, you are interested in your child’s health. Your role is to provide healthy food in appropriate portions, and your child’s role is to decide how much to eat. That is why it is important to understand how to ­provide healthy choices for your child.

Read on for information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about making healthful choices. If you have specific questions about your child’s nutrition, talk with your child’s ­doctor or a registered dietitian.

Child-sized portions help children accept new foods. Two tips for parents include

Children eat when they are hungry and usually stop when they are full. Some parents worry because young children appear to eat very small amounts of food, especially when ­compared with adult portions. To check your child’s eating pattern, pay attention to his food choices.

There is a variety of foods from each food group (see Sample List of...

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