(This blog post originally appeared on Huffington Post) After I teach my picky eater program in people’s offices, many parents ask (some beg) me to move into their homes. Lately, I’ve started thinking about a “break-your-picky-eater-from-the-inside” job. It wouldn’t be hard. I’d need about a week. Step One: What’s the problem? I’m going ask you about your picky eater, but truthfully, I already know what you’ll say. Chances are you are cooking two, three or four meals and snacks to get the kid “to just eat something.” I’m almost positive you have distracted, negotiated, begged or bribed your kid to eat because sending him or her off to bed without dinner […]
Have you read this article? http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/parents-of-picky-eaters-its-not-your-fault/ If you have a picky eater, read it. Do you feel the same way Ms. Lucianovic feels? She makes some excellent points about picky eaters, but truth be told I felt sad after I read it. I don’t want Ms. Lucianovic or any other parent of a picky eater to feel the way she describes, but I know they do. More often than not parents of picky eaters who see me for the first time cry. They are exhausted, confused and worried about the nutritional health of their children. I offer them hope, support and a plan. And the majority of the time there is […]
There are two reasons why my favorite meal of the day is breakfast. First, I’m about the biggest omelet and pancake fan around. Second, breakfast provides some wonderful opportunities to insert important vitamins, minerals and fiber from fruits and vegetables for your family. Kids may be more accepting of certain fruits and vegetables when they become part of some basic breakfast fare. Try these ideas: 1.) EGGS: Scramble eggs with spinach and cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms or avocado and lean ham. 2.) PANCAKES: Whip up whole wheat pancakes with a sprinkle of ground flax seeds. Add blueberries, bananas or sweet potato (Sweet potato pancakes are divine! Make them this week.) […]
I made oatmeal, roasted almonds and white raisins and a little kale smoothie on the side for breakfast this morning. One kid ate it. One kid didn’t. The one that didn’t politely asked for something else. I lovingly said no and explained this was breakfast. The kid chose not to eat and went to school. I didn’t say a thing. This is the division of responsibility in action; you provide the food, the child decides whether they eat…or not. Please don’t become a short order cook.