Posts tagged peaceful mealtimes
navigating the peanut gallery: How to deal with family and friends when talking about your feeding decisions

Are you ever feeling unsure with how to navigate family members that want to feed your child in a way you don’t agree with? This can be tricky to navigate: we want to make our loved ones feel heard, but ultimately we want them to value our beliefs and approach. Here are my 6 tips to navigating these challenging waters.

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Dealing with Maladaptive Behaviors at Mealtimes

Throwing food, tantrums at the table, standing on chairs, these are all considered maladaptive behaviors at mealtimes. These can be so challenging, and frustrating, and for many children, mealtimes may trigger these behaviors. Let’s dive into the why these occur and how to address them to stop them for good!

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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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