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A growing issue

As part of  an initial consultation, I ask parents to bring their child’s growth chart. It never ceases to amaze me how each chart and each child is unique. Look around your playgroup, pre school or school and you will see what I mean. Every child is a different...
Serving out just desserts

Serving out just desserts

Many of us grew up having two distinct courses for our evening meal. The ‘main’ course was usually meat, fish, chicken or a vegetarian option served with vegetables. When I was a child, many years ago, pasta and rice were not included very often unless you...
Feeding without pressure

Feeding without pressure

When I ask parents about their concerns regarding their child’s eating, they often reply with ‘they won’t try new foods’. They will often add ‘ they used to like it ( broccoli, meat…) but have stopped eating it’. This is...
Structured Mealtimes

Structured Mealtimes

What happens when children graze or help themselves to snacks throughout the day? They usually have eaten their quota of food before dinnertime. Children are born knowing how many calories/kilojoules they need to eat each day.  If they are eating small amounts often,...
Food in pouches – helpful or not?

Food in pouches – helpful or not?

There is a lot of information out there about feeding children. Recently the new Dietary Guidelines for Australians  were  released with very prescriptive descriptions of what and how much to feed children. Whilst much of the information is useful, parents tend to...