If you are stressed about your child’s eating, you are not alone. In 30 years of practice, Paediatric Dietitian Eve Reed has seen hundreds of parents who have tried everything from coaxing their child with bribes and distraction to cooking multiple dishes a night. Contrary to popular belief, kids don’t necessarily just ‘grow out of it’. Through her years of research and experience, Eve has developed simple strategies that have revolutionised parent’s lives from years of dreading mealtimes, to peaceful and nutritious family time.
“The Fussy Eater Revolution” is a practical and simple guide that includes not simply nutritional information, but addresses feeding behaviours within a family that can transform family meals. It is possible to reclaim the joy of family times so that once food is on the table, its time to enjoy the meal together.
“I think by following the five steps in my ebook, you can learn to relax and know that you are doing all you can to teach your child to be a competent eater. It’s not an overnight fix, but with time, care and application, it really changes everything”, says Eve.
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I was talking to Lisa, a friend of mine, about the way I work with parents to take the stress out of mealtimes. I mentioned Ellyn Satter’s Division of Resonsibilty. I was telling her that when you follow the Division of Responsibility, you offer the same food to all the family, including one food that you know your fussy eater will eat such as bread or rice or pasta. She told me that she was a very fussy eater as a child and that her mother catered to her fussiness. Her mother added an egg to her bottles of milk as she wouldn’t eat eggs, she prepared her more or less the same...Read More
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