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Worry Cycle IV: Why Kids Push Back on Pressure with Eating

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

This is the last installment for Adoption Month on my introduction to the Worry Cycle. Just in time for Thanksgiving. Maybe at this year’s Holiday table you can experiment and see how it feels if you let the worry and pressure go. It might just surprise you! Part I reviews why some children present with feeding challenges, and why it is more common for adopted and foster children to experience difficulties. Part II describes how most parents are simply not well supported or prepared to...

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Counterproductive Feeding practices: Part III of the Worry Cycle

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

Quick recap of the Worry Cycle so far… When families find themselves struggling with feeding it usually begins because the child presents with a feeding challenge (anything from an oral-motor delay to painful reflux, to being larger or smaller than average in our current culture). The worried parent, with little support and often poorly advised  by the very experts they turn to for help, then turns to counterproductive feeding practices with the goal of either getting the child to eat...

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Why parents get into counterproductive feeding patterns: Worry Cycle Part II

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

Last week’s post introduced the “Worry Cycle” and why some foster and adopted children present with feeding challenges. The child who is challenging to feed is often the starting point that sets up the difficult feeding relationship. This week we move on to the parent dealing with the feeding challenge. Obviously, this is where I want to break the cycle, by offering information and support about best-feeding practices, even in the face of significant challenges… Poor...

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The Worry Cycle of Feeding: Part I for Adoption Month

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

In honor of Adoption Month (November) I will run four weekly posts on feeding issues related to adoption and fostering.  If you have biological children, children who came to you by birth and adoption, or no children at all, I hope you’ll read the series. I’ll introduce the “Worry Cycle” of Feeding, which is applicable to all families struggling with feeding and weight worries… Part 1  starts with the entry point to what I have called the “Worry...

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What Are You Worried About? Part 3 Food ‘Obsession’

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

This is part 3 of a 5 part series on food preoccupation. Read Part 1, Max’s Journey of Healing  and Part 2, Is My Child Obsessed with Food? This is a long post because the fear of fat and the consequences of that worry are harmful, and barrier to supportive feeding… The food preoccupied child is anxious and works hard to get food. The worried parent keeps food from the child. The harder the child works to get food, the harder the parents have to work to keep food away, even...

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