McKnight Pediatrics


Nutrition for Teens and Young Adults

By the time your child reaches adolescence/young adulthood, they have fairly deeply ingrained eating habits. At this point, young people are wanting more independence and may eat more meals away from their family. They may venture away from the eating habits they have learned at home, but if all is well, they are not likely to stray far or long. This is also a good time to enlist the help of your child in the kitchen and when they feel ready let them be responsible for preparing one family meal per week. Weekends usually work out well. You often learn a lot about your child, how they think and what they think about things outside of the kitchen. A lot of significant bonding occurs around the kitchen table (or wherever you eat).

"If you want to travel fast, travel alone...If you want to travel far, travel together."
African Proverb