“I don’t even worry about her weight much, but her food obsession scares me to death. I struggled with an eating disorder, and I feel like the only thing she thinks about is when and how much she will eat.” – Alexis, mom to Greta age 2 1/2 Most parents of children who are preoccupied with food know there is a problem. Parents often rate their stress around food and their child as “11 out of 10.” The word parents use most often is food...Read More
Good reminder: often and early exposures help children learn to like veggies says an article about a recent study, which confirms earlier findings— most children learn to like foods with repeated exposures, and most parents give up after only a handful of tries. (Reminds me of my favorite “green bean study” which states that parents aren’t always good at knowing what foods a child “likes,” and to keep offering that food.) This study (original here) seems to...Read More
I wrote recently about how important it is to offer foods over and over, to (re)introduce children to variety in flavor and texture.. Later that day, I watched a video on picky eating of a mom “offering” her child options. She stood at the fridge asking, “Do you want noodles? Do you want rice? Do you want cucumbers?” His answer of course to each offer was, “No.” Was this mom really “offering” choices? I think she would say she was… I...Read More
Part of my mission is to help kids feel good about food AND their bodies. This post is about helping children develop positive body image, and avoid fat bias. (Caillou is one of the few shows I’ve found that shows positive body diversity.) This question recently made it’s way to my inbox… “I don’t know how to talk to my preschooler about fat people. When reading a story where a character is described as ‘the fat man’ I change it to ‘the big...Read More
Feeding tip: wiping a child’s face, and growing empathy. How does the “feeding machine” make you feel?
I was watching a Charlie Chaplan movie this weekend, and saw this clip of a feeding machine (to boost productivity for factory workers so they could eat and not miss work…) It made me incredibly uncomfortable, so of course, I want to share it with you. With his exaggerated movements and expressions, CC comes off childlike; his eyes open in anticipation of the food, he is distressed when he can’t get away, or keep up with the pace, or when the “blotter” comes out of...Read More