Posts tagged Division of Responsibility
Using the Bedtime Snack To Your Advantage

One of the most common questions I get asked in my practice is if parents should be offering dessert after dinner. Some parents offer dessert as a “reward” for eating dinner, others are confused about how often they should be offering sweet foods after dinner, and still some want to provide a snack after dinnertime if they feel their child has not eaten enough.

Most of their problems are solved with a simple solution: the bedtime snack.

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Helping your child develop a healthy relationship with food (and what exactly that means)

When I talk about feeding in my counseling sessions and classes I always start with why. Why are we doing what we are doing when feeding children? What’s the outcome that we want? The bottom line is that it is almost always the same thing. We want our children to develop a healthy relationship with food, but what exactly does that mean?

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Make mealtimes more peaceful: create a pre-meal routine in 4 simple steps

A common hurdle I hear from families in my practice is that their children have a hard time transitioning to the table, most commonly at dinnertime. When dinner rolls around, it has been a long day (usually for everyone in the family) and getting little ones to sit at the table can be a challenge. Enter the pre-meal routine. Take a look at my 4 step plan which is sure to help make getting to the table a little less painful for everyone. I find preparing for the meal is often overlooked!

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Getting Started with Your Child in the Kitchen

One of my favorite recommendations to families that may have a picky or selective eater is to get them helping in the kitchen, which can assist to encourage them to try new foods. Creating food is a sensory experience: we are touching, smelling and tasting - which are all beneficial to trying new foods! There have been so many times my daughters have surprised me by trying something new (check out the picture of my 4 year old eating raw spinach).

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"Eat your greens" muffins

For some toddlers, vegetables can be difficult.  My daughter does have a few vegetables that she eats on a regular basis, but we always make sure to follow the division of responsibility when vegetables are offered.  At many meal times, that means the vegetables remain on her plate.  And that's okay, remember, its all about repeated exposures to new foods.  BUT my daughter loves muffins, carbs, or really anything called a cookie.   I try to add nutritious ingredients into baked snacks when I can.

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