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5 Obstacles That Keep Parents from Raising Intuitive Eaters

June 1, 2015
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Long before having children, I knew I wanted to raise not just a healthy eater, but an intuitive one. A child, turned adult, who uses internal cues to guide eating and chooses healthy food as much for pleasure as for health. What I didn’t expect was the difficulties that would arise on this journey. But […]




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Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: Author Q&A and Giveaway

May 11, 2015
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I’m excited for the newly released book: Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion and Feeding Disorders. Katja Rowell has teamed up with Jennifer McGlothlin to fill a real void out there for struggling kids and parents. Their book is research-based, extensive and written in a […]




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5 Things Parents Who Create Happy Mealtimes Don’t Do

February 18, 2015
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Most parents understand, intellectually, that the kitchen table should be a happy place. But then reality hits: crazy schedules, complaining kids and nutrition standards that seem impossible to meet. The truth is there is a lot that can get in a way of creating enjoyable family meals.




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Feel Guilty About Your Kid’s Eating? Join the Club

September 9, 2014
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I recently talked to a mom who has struggled with her son who eats few fruits and vegetables.  I could see the guilt written on her face.  She a good cook and a healthy eater.  Her other child eats more of a variety.  And even though her son is gradually expanding his food base, it […]




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Why I Will Never Lie to My Children About Food

August 19, 2014
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This is a post from 2012 (with a  change in title).  I’m taking some time off before the new school year starts.  So I may be slow to accept comments and get back to you over the next week or so. “Just tell him we aren’t selling ice cream today,” the nice lady at my […]




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5 Reasons Your Child Eats Differently Than You

May 30, 2014
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Kids are learning about food in the same way that they learn to read and write.  But as a society, we don’t always look at kids eating this way.  And as parents, we often forget that kids are not little adults when it comes to food. In fact, there are distinct ways kids’ eating is […]




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The 10 Golden Rules for Exposing Kids to Food (Part 5)

November 22, 2013
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This is part 5 of the Series: What to Do When Picky Eating Doesn’t Get Better Series I am ending this series with what I believe is the most important thing parents can do to help expand a child’s food repertoire: expose, expose, expose. I always check in with exposure when it seems my kids are […]




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End Mealtime Battles Forever with These 5 Simple Words

May 17, 2013
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It’s dinnertime and my 4 year old son is deep in play. When I announce that dinner is ready he makes his own announcement: “I don’t want to eat, Mommy.” I tell him 5 words that avoid the food battle that he wants me to engage in: “You don’t have to eat.” This is the […]




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Feeding Struggles That Keep Parents Up At Night (and How to Solve them)

March 29, 2013
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I receive questions from parents all the time.  But there are some that I get over and over, indicating they hit a sore spot with parents.  So I am putting more food for thought behind the feeding struggles that seem to cause the most angst for parents.  Make sure to leave your own tough-to-deal- with […]




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5 Motivational Techniques that Will Transform Your Child’s Eating

March 21, 2013
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One reason parents get so frustrated with feeding children is that children don’t always eat what is served. I believe that half the battle is helping children create an internal desire to make good choices now and eventually when they are out on their own. In fact, it’s never too soon to think about how best […]




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