Many parents ask me, “How do I get my child to eat?” There are a few common variations, such as “How do I get my child to eat fruits/vegetables/another food group?” Let’s get the bad news out of the way: if you’re trying to get your child to eat, it’s probably not...read more
Packing lunch boxes is a task that parents do thousands of times. Some find it easy, others find it difficult to know what to put in there. If your child doesn’t eat the food you provide, it doesn’t mean you got it wrong. There are many reasons that food comes back...read more
Having structured mealtimes can be difficult: it means that you actually need to decide what you are going to serve. That is a lot of planning, but, of course, it is easier to make these decisions before the actual meal time arrives. To make life easier, it is best to...read more
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...read more
A mother named Prue came to see me recently because she was concerned about her four-year-old son, Alex. Alex, she explained to me, would only eat a narrow variety of foods. Because of this, he has had low iron levels in the past, and is taking an iron supplement...read more
When I meet with parents for the first time, I ask them what are their main concerns about their child's eating. One of the most common concerns is that their child will only eat a few types of food. Sometimes all they want is milk and some soft foods such as mashed...read more
Have you noticed how people in the same family can have very different sleeping and eating patterns. One may be an early riser which is hard when it's a young child and their parents just want to sleep that extra half-hour or so. Another may be a night owl and love...read more
How do children lose the ability to know when they've had enough? How do children become overweight if they know how much to eat? Do they lose the ability they were born with to self regulate their food intake? When parents do their feeding jobs according to Ellyn...read more
It is so easy to use food as a comfort or a distraction when a child is upset or irritable. The other day I was in the supermarket with my 15 month-old granddaughter. I had nearly finished buying what I needed when she started to become grisly. My first thought was...read more
Who of us hasn't said at some stage, "If you eat some vegetables, you can have dessert". The question’s are, does this strategy work in the long run? Is it meeting your feeding goals? and why do you feel so much pressure to get your child to eat vegetables? When we...read more
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You're now part of a community of parents who want to know ‘how’ and ‘when’ of feeding your child as well as the ‘what’ to feed them. I'm really excited that you've joined us. To start on your way to raising healthy eaters, please take a moment to download your free booklet - ‘Familyfoodworks Guide to Raising Healthy Eaters.’ This booklet includes a checklist to help you identify the areas of feeding that could be causing you stress at mealtimes. There are also tips to get you started making changes. In addition, you will also receive our Familyfoodworks Newsletter, which will be delivered directly to your in-box on the last Thursday of the month. This newsletter is full of information and practical strategies, resources and ideas - everything you need to further support you in becoming a parent who is raising healthy eaters. To assist me in supporting you further, I'd like to know more about you. Please take a moment to let me know:
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Paediatric Dietitian Sydney
Eve Reed is the director of FamilyFoodWorks and is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 30 years experience working with children and parents and other health professionals, with an extensive background in child and adolescent nutrition, early childhood care, childbirth education and breastfeeding and counselling. She specialises in paediatric nutrition with a special interest in feeding behaviours, weight management and assessment of children’s/adolescent’s diets.