This is a guest post by Jill Castle, RD.
Sally was so worried about her picky toddler not eating enough that she was constantly offering him different food options, to the point he was overwhelmed and his eating got worse. Sally didn’t know that the more you push the picky toddler to accept food, the less he may eat.
Sean didn’t like to see his kids wasting food. He insisted they finish their meal, especially the vegetables and milk. As a result, dinners were drawn out to a painfully long hour, with some drama thrown in. Sean didn’t realize that enforcing a “finish your healthy food” rule may backfire, leading children to learn the skill of overeating or making them more picky in their food selections.
Kim didn’t say anything when her daughter, Lori, converted to diet soda at age fifteen, in an attempt to control her calorie intake, and maybe even lose some weight. Lori wasn’t getting the results she wanted, so she upped her efforts and cut out sweets and junk food, and insisted on eating salads at lunch and dinner. Instead of being silenced with fear, Kim needed to step in and guide her child because dieting during the teen years often leads to weight gain over time, not loss, and increases the risk of disordered eating.
As a parent of a child, don’t you wish you had a crystal ball and could predict these challenges, as well as the impact of your responses on the outcome? Don’t you wish you knew how to handle these things now, when you can do something about it, rather than later, when the issue is rooted and difficult to change?
Even though we know more now about food and nutrition than ever before, information (over-) load has mired us in confusion, doubt and fear. Confusion about the ever-changing nutrition research, doubt about our cooking and feeding skills, and fear that we are making nutrition mistakes with our kids that will last a lifetime.
Yet, getting food right is only one piece of the feeding puzzle. In fact, if you’re under the impression that the right food will cure picky eating, weight problems and feeding struggles, you’re headed down the wrong road. But, you’re not alone. Many parents are heading down this trail, and it’s full of frustration, dead ends and detours. Parents on this road are really in a round-about, circling around the real solution that is literally at their fingertips.
Today’s parents need information that will transform their food and feeding experience with their children, for the better, something food could never do alone. Each of the parents above need a comprehensive approach to feeding their kids, one that addresses the WHOLE child, not just the food they eat. This is where we come in—to help you on your feeding journey. Because, after all, raising healthy eaters is a journey.
Introducing Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School! Fearless Feeding helps you master the WHAT of feeding kids (food and nutrition), HOW to do it in the most positive, effective ways, and WHY kids behave (predictably in many cases) the way they do around food.
Unlike any nutrition book on the market today, Fearless Feeding looks at the big picture through a long-term lens, helping parents be successful and confident when it comes to food, feeding their child, and the inevitable developmental stages kids go through. We’ve translated the science into actionable steps, filled the book with stories, recipes and charts to help you put the joy back into one of your most primary jobs as a parent: feeding your child.
Jill Castle is a registered dietitian, mom of 4, and creator of Just the Right Byte. She is co-creator of the Fearless Feeding Community and co-author of the book Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School. You can find more about Jill Castle.