Choose among different goals or set your own goal
A 4-step method to set goals in CBT
Rewarding to promote healthy eating. What parents should do and what to avoid:
Self-monitoring can be used to record dietary habits, behaviors and / or thoughts. With self-monitoring the child perceives his behavior, determines the parameters he wants to change, identifies problem areas of dietary behavior, high risk situations, negative messages, consciously regulates food intake and monitors his progress.
Food diaries can be used as self-monitoring tools. They allow to record, in addition to dietary intake, other information, such as time and place of consumption, possible accomplices, what the person did before the meal or snack, feelings and thoughts before and after eating.
The health professional should not forget to review the diary at each appointment and should recognize the effort and time required for self-monitoring. The health professional can let the child guide him in the diary and be ready to accept many questions.
Self-monitoring is also a good strategy to achieve maintenance of dietary/lifestyle modifications.
Feedback (how the child ultimately did) on subjective or objective information, observations or measurements (dietary habits and other behaviors) is important. It enhances child mobilization and contributes to the achievement of goals. To be more efficient, the feedback focuses on the positive changes, no matter how big or important they are.