I was delighted to receive this from the mum of a pretty selective "tween."
Mum bought the guide Creating Confident Eaters to see if she could utilise it to make progress with her daughter.
There are a lot of other challenges for the family so making time to work specifically on the picky eating is not easy. Ella * is 10 and and doesn't eat fruit and veg and is bothered by smells and textures. She has also not added any new foods for a long time.
Last night I had a great time running a workshop and getting to meet some lovely parents.
We spent an hour discovering how we can better manage picky eating struggles at home and even how to get the children trying new foods!
I spoke to a mum recently, who told me that she started stressing about what her son was going to have for dinner from the moment she woke up. This is such an uncomfortable way to live life!
We all have enough challenges without adding to the pile.
Will our child grow out of fussy eating? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But the better questions to ask are...
There are so many things we do inadvertently, but with the best of intentions! As a loving parent we often sit with our child as much as possible. This is perfect for bonding and showing our love.
But, sometimes we can unknowingly cause discomfort for our child.
Imagine you are out at a cafe with a friend. You are eating and they aren't. The whole time they are watching you chomping through the sandwich/salad/burger. It's not necessarily a comfortable situation to be in.
Are we sitting opposite our child, especially a fussy eater, and watching their every move as they eat? Yes, it's great to be sharing meals and snacks with them. But are we sharing or are we staring?
It's not uncommon to find children who struggle with fruit or veg or both. It's also not uncommon that although whole fruits or veg are not on the menu, they are able to cope with purees.
Often these purees are from the baby food section of the supermarket. Apple or sweet potato/potato/corn for example.
Parents are often mortified that their older primary child is still eating what is generally thought of as baby food.
I see it differently...
We have a full page spread in the local paper about the official launch of Creating Confident Eaters - THE guide for picky eaters.
Click on the link to forward to the correct article!
Photo credit - Brian Sheppard Photography
For those of you in the Wellington region I'll be running a special workshop on Thu 29th Aug.
Join me for a jam-packed hour focused on supporting our child to eat more confidently. We'll look at:
If you have children 2 - 12 who are struggling to eat variety this is for you.
If you have a toddler who is hitting that fussy phase or you'd like to know how to support them through it - this is for you.
Please feel free to share. Please register soon as the last workshop sold out.
Details on the flyer.
One of the biggest hurdles to moving forwards when we have a picky eater, is getting new foods tried and added to the menu.
We serve the same foods week in, week out and nothing we try outside of those seems to stick.
We can be one of the "lucky" parents where our child will actually try the foods before deeming them not acceptable. Or, we may be one of the families where no new foods should ever be considered!
One of the most commonly asked questions is how do we add foods to a child's menu. Especially the 99% of parents who I speak to who tell me that their child is so stubborn :)
This is not a simple answer to give, I'm afraid. If it could be distilled into 3 sentences I would be a gazzillionaire! Unfortunately, it's a whole combination of actions, strategies and approaches that over time make a difference.
On Friday night we hosted a big launch party for the guide.
It was fabulous to see so many people turn up to help us celebrate. I was delighted to meet some of the parents from the newsletter who came along too. It's lovely to put faces to names!
Jill Day, the Deputy Mayor of Wellington attended. It was so kind to have her take time out of a manic schedule pre-election to spend time with us. She also admitted she was very picky as a child. It has given her a really good understanding of how challenging the whole feeding situation can be. She took away a copy of the guide so I'll follow up for her thoughts.
Greg O'Connor our local MP also came along to show support. Knowing we are part of a greater community is a warming feeling.
Vibeke, the illustrator, is multi-talented and makes cakes on the side. I had to include a photo of the extreme cake she whipped up for the occasion. Wow, it was AMAZING! Everything aside from the gold paper is edible.
Stephane, from Cafe Breton in the city came out and worked madly creating made-to-order galettes and crepes with a variety of fillings. Luckily I managed to squeeze one in right at the end of the night :)
A big thanks to all who attended and those who sent flowers, cards and best wishes.
One of the lovely ladies from the Facebook page kindly donated her copy of Creating Confident Eaters.
Once she'd read it and digested the information I received it back and have gifted it to an organisation that works with home and foster carers.
It was a super nice thing to do and I'm sure will be much appreciated by it's new family.
It was a lovely gesture and we matched it with a guide for the organisation, to use as a resource for their families.