Every time I go onto a forum about picky eating I see a dozen posts that go something like this "my son is a really picky eater, what can I give him for breakfast?" "My daughter has stopped eating at school, what snacks can I send?"
I appreciate that as parents of fussy eaters we are often feeling really desperate. We want answers and we want them now. A first thought is often - what is that food that will magically get our child eating?
When I see these questions I always think 2 things:
I had a lovely chat yesterday to a mum who had bought our book, Creating Confident Eaters.
She told me that she hadn't realised just how rigid her 10 year old son's approach was to food until she tried to change it.
She also hadn't appreciated how much she had bent to fit his preferences.
It is moments like these that are often light bulb moments, when we realise that often our children's habits around food are ours, or ours theirs.
I totally agree with Jenny in regards to the reliance on BMI.
Many parents are sent away, their concerns not taken seriously because their child gets ticks on the height and weight charts.
Yes, if our child is growing that's good. But surely it is only part of the puzzle?
Again, I want to stress here that the likelihood of our child becoming blind even on a very limited diet is incredibly rare. Do not panic. If you have a child that avoids whole food groups and are worried then do see your GP or a dietician for reassurance.
When I saw this earlier today I thought how true this is in the fussy eating realm.
I speak to parents daily who desperately want food to be easy. For there not to be struggles over what to eat or whether there will OK choices at a restaurant.
But, they are understandably, really nervous about tackling what seems like an insurmountable problem. The words I hear all the time in relation to their children are "stubborn", "so determined", "refuses to even try anything".
Moving forwards seems impossible and we wonder whether we have the energy to take it on. I totally get it. Many of us, me included, have so many plates spinning that bringing in a new one or even moving the others seems like a recipe for disaster.
I am sooo delighted!
I asked Childspace (ECE educators) to review Creating Confident Eaters and this is what they have to say!
Excerpt from this month's The Space magazine and re-posted with kind permission of the editor.
Karina has captured the ethos of the book perfectly. I am so impressed at how much time was obviously spent really getting a firm understanding of the guide and what it provides.
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.