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Questionable stuff ‘experts’ say #6: “Your child can go up to three weeks without food and be fine.”

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Blog Posts | 9 comments

“Your child can go up to three weeks without food and be fine.” This is also under the theme of “Just starve him out,” or “Only serve rice and beans until he eats them: breakfast, lunch and dinner.” This advice was to a client from her pediatrician. The pediatrician actually said this to a mother. She also said, “No child will starve himself,” a line that I read not infrequently in ‘expert’ articles on picky eating. What do you think?...

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Feeding tip for sensory or selective eaters: Where to place food so not to trigger immediate refusal

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Blog Posts | 5 comments

When I went to the home of a nine-month old who was “refusing to drink,” I saw a lovely girl: smiling, bright, and interactive. While sitting in her high chair, the mom repeatedly tried to hand the girl the sippy-cup—putting it in front of her, trying to put it in her hand. The little girl batted it away, pushed, and cried, getting increasingly upset with every attempt. We sat back, and I suggested mom put the cup just within reach at the far side of the high chair tray and then...

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Temperament clues: Why the ‘no thank you bite’ works for some and not others

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Blog Posts | 17 comments

Over the winter break, I went sledding with my family. I watched an exasperated father waiting while his young son tried to climb up the slippery steps, sliding down repeatedly. Every time the dad tried to lend a hand, or a suggestion, the boy shrieked, “I do it!!!!!!!” while  swatting the father away. While folks waited somewhat patiently behind him, we watched this happen over and over; both boy and father becoming increasingly upset until the dad finally picked him up and...

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Happy New Year: Resolutions?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

Last night M wanted a “buffet” to celebrate the end of 2012. I asked what she meant, “You know, little bowls with the food in it.” Since we serve family-style, this is pretty much what we do every night, so I asked her to elaborate. “You know, where you stand up and get lots of little things and then eat somewhere else.” I suggested lots of little, easy things, but she begged for Turkey Curry. I decided to let her run the menu (I added the scallops) and here...

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Crazy Mealtime Theater: saying ‘no’ to the oatmeal tantrum

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Blog Posts | 11 comments

I am fortunate to have a very competent eater. She self-regulates and enjoys a variety of foods, but not all by any means, and that’s okay.  At just 7, we’ve been at this Trust Model for more than five years. And yet, we still on occasion have scenes like this… Asked M this morning what she wanted for breakfast. She said, “I don’t know,” so I got my toast ready, and a few boxes of cereal on the table, milk, bananas, clementines. Our toast was hot, so hubby...

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