Parents often approach me individually or at public talks and bring up issues of their child being a fussy eater. It’s one of the most common things that comes up.
Parents will often describe their fussy eater as having eaten everything until a certain age and then suddenly refusing many of the foods that they previously ate. This doesn’t happen with all children and even siblings can differ in that one will eat most foods and the other can be very selective.
Would I describe a child who is a fussy eater as having a problem? Probably not. This is a normal stage in development for some children, and most of the time it will resolve itself. But that doesn’t take away the concern of so many parents.
Because I have been writing and talking about fussy eaters for a long time, I decided that it was time to write a book. Rather than seeing fussy eating as a problem, I want parents to know that with the appropriate support and environment, children will learn to eat the foods that their parents like eating.
This eBook describe five steps that you can take to give your fussy eater the support they need without feeling like you’re constantly fighting.
A lot of the stress and frustration that comes up around fussy eating emerges around the table at mealtimes, putting pressure on a child to eat when they don’t want to. Whether it’s coaxing, bribing, cajoling or making a child sit at the table for an extended period of time, this gives the child the message that they are not good at eating and that their parents don’t trust their appetite.
This book Do You Have a Fussy Eater actually empowers parents by giving clear step-by-step guidelines to put into practice. The book gives examples from my experience of working with parents, as well as suggestions of what to serve at mealtimes.
I’m very proud that this book is endorsed by the Ellyn Satter Institute which has as it’s mission to help children and adults be confident and joyful with eating. Click here to purchase Do You Have a Fussy Eater.