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Resolution More Family Dinner Part I: the Kitchen Island

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

If having more meals together as a family is your New Year’s Resolution, one often overlooked piece of the puzzle is the physical space where meals happen. Let’s consider the kitchen island. Other than just being a place to throw keys and homework, the kitchen island in many houses and apartments has replaced the kitchen table. Granite countertops sell homes— humble tables don’t. Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, most Midwestern middle class kitchens I visited...

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Cut Kids Some Slack: Musings on Food Fears and “Helpful” Others

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Blog Posts | 5 comments

Scared of dogs When M was little she had a dog phobia. I’m talking screaming, climbing on me, uncontrollable fear of even a toy poodle.  I can’t count how many people tried to talk her out of her fear, usually with a dog thrust into her personal space, and often against my explicit requests for them to stop. Take the German Shepherd owner whose dog was off-leash, jumping on me while M clawed at my hair shrieking, and the owner kept smiling, “Oh, she won’t hurt you!...

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Isn’t it ironic? Nutrition rules spoil eating…

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

“I guess we’ll just have to fill up on S’moreos.”   Scene: summer camp, Kindergarten through 2nd grade Cookout lunch where kids bring ingredients for grilled tortilla pizza. What happened as reported by a 7 year-old: “Brittney, the counselor-in-training, kept trying to make us all eat our celery, there were carrots too. No one liked the celery. It was really stringy, but we had to eat three pieces. We tried to give them all to one kid who liked it, some kids...

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Questionable things ‘experts’ say #7: “The way you eat is unacceptable.”

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

  I cringed when a client told me that their new pediatrician admonished her five-year-old son (with severe food anxieties and selective eating who would likely qualify for a feeding disorder diagnosis) with this: “The way you eat is unacceptable.” I cringe often, when I hear some of the things that my colleagues in medicine say to young children, even if they think it is for their own good. (My guess is that this doc has no experience or education around feeding problems, all...

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“When my parents gave up on my eating, that’s when it happened.”

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

I love my work: that thrill when a client makes a connection, sees things a new way, perhaps understanding how the things s/he was doing to try to make a child’s eating “better” may have actually slowed progress. A dad I talked to recently shared the following, when we discussed how his own history around food can help him relate to his daughter’s picky eating and food worries. For a little background, this dad was very picky as a child, eating only a handful of foods....

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