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How long should kids stay at the table?

How long should kids stay at the table?

What to do when kids finish eating their meal, but others in the family are still eating? Firstly, it’s important to note that it can be pretty boring for a young child to stay seated at the table once they have finished eating. Here is what you can do to help...
The school food police

The school food police

School and pre-school are back in full swing here and I have noticed a worrying trend on social media and from parents I speak to. Some teachers are taking it upon themselves to police the food that children bring to pre-school or school. There are several problems...
What’s interfering with feeding?

What’s interfering with feeding?

Recently, I was interviewed by Penny Johnston for a podcast on ABC Baby Talk. When answering Penny’s questions, I realised that most of the feeding questions that she, and many parents ask, can be approached from the Feeding Dynamics Model. This model is based on...
My top five tips for fussy eaters

My top five tips for fussy eaters

Many children go through stages of eating a wider or narrower variety of foods. However if you are feeling stressed about your child’s eating, dreading mealtimes or sick of preparing the same few meals, keep reading. Structure is the key Children thrive on routine and...
Trusting a child’s appetite – why is it so hard?

Trusting a child’s appetite – why is it so hard?

Recently, I watched a video of a family meal – Mum, Dad and their five year-old daughter. The meal lasted 58 minutes! How could a four year-old sit at the table for that long, I hear you asking. Well, she did a pretty good job of it. It was her mum who became...
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