Like many moms, I’ve had my patience tested at the dinner table by my kids, who like meatloaf one week and don’t the next. Even though I’m a dietitian, my kids aren’t eating octopus and quinoa salads with a side of kale in their lunch boxes. They’re typical kids, who love a good PB&J, have their own unique quirks, and need some time to warm up to guacamole.
As a former finicky eater myself, I understand where my kids are coming from when they’re suspicious of a seemingly innocuous sprinkling of parsley. So I try to be patient.
- My philosophy: The Kind of Eater I Want My Kids To Be: I don’t want “perfect” eaters (those don’t exist) or even “good eaters” (I don’t like that label). Instead, I want “successful eaters”, and this is why.
- Tricks that work for me: 10 Tips for Pleasing Picky Eaters
- Guest posts from feeding experts I know and respect: What Your Child Wants to Tell You About Picky Eating
- Real-life tales from the trenches: Like the “Dinner Drama” series (aka What happened when my son went on a dinner strike and I enlisted a food sociologist to talk me off the ledge):
- Part 1: Unfinished Business: Bemoaning the dismal state of my child’s dinner plate.
- Part 2: Ground Rules: The rules we established for our dinner table.
- Part 3: Snack Sabotage!: Snacks were wrecking my son’s appetite–a game plan for improvement.
- Part 4: Dinner Games (& Other Crazy Tricks That Actually Work!): The breakthrough!
- Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School by Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen
- From Picky to Powerful: Transform Your Outlook on Picky Eating and End Food Battles Forever! by Maryann Jacobsen (e-book)
- Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter
- It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating by Dina Rose