feeding children

When Feeding Becomes a Source of Guilt, Make Sure You Do This

October 4, 2013
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I was visiting a new food blog with a mom cooking some amazing gourmet meals when the guilty thoughts started to flood in: “I need to spend more time in the kitchen,” “I should really try more recipes.” But then I notice those thoughts turn to: “I’ll never be a good cook, I am a…” […]




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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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The Feeding Strategy Every Parent Needs in Their Toolbox

December 7, 2012
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At dinner on the cruise, the parents we sat next to announced that their four-year old son will only eat three things for dinner — Mac and cheese, cheeseburger and chicken nuggets. This came up because they were going to drop both of their children off at the kids’ club for dinner that night but […]




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Every Parent’s Worst Fear About Feeding Children (And How to Calm It)

November 9, 2012
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When children don’t eat the way we want them to, parents feel compelled to intervene. After all, it’s better to do something than nothing, right? But once we do interfere, it’s hard to stop. I call it the If I Don’t Syndrome. If I don’t keep Sally from eating cookies, she will eat the whole […]




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8 Feeding Myths Every Parent Should Know About

February 6, 2012
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I wrote a post for WebMD about nutrition myths and it got me thinking about feeding myths that plague families. I often say that if I didn’t know what I know, I would make many feeding mistakes (and I know my husband would). And it wouldn’t be because I’m a bad person, it would simply […]




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The Annoying Kids’ Eating Habit Parents Should Adopt

August 12, 2011
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We were out at our favorite Mexican restaurant when the conversation at the next table caught my ear. A young boy, probably about 4, had only eaten half of his rolled taco and declared he was full. “You have half of it left, look at all that meat inside,” the mom said. “Finish it!” The […]




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Picky Eating (Part 2): How to Pinpoint Your Child’s Eating Personality (and Why it Helps)

May 31, 2010
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You’ve all seen the articles where the writer brags about their young child eating spicy foods, clams, mussels and every vegetable known to man.  The parent gloats and takes full credit for the good eater they’ve created.  And because this makes them an expert, they offer up advice which is usually something like “Don’t change […]




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Why Every Parent Needs A Feeding Strategy

December 22, 2009
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My daughter and I went to her friend’s 3rd birthday party. When it was time to sing happy birthday, the kids swarmed to the table full of cupcakes. When an overweight girl asked her dad for another cupcake, he said “no, one is enough.” The girl kept pleading until she was in full meltdown mode. […]




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