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Feeding struggles are common, making dinnertime full of stress, fights and tears. It is understandable that you are concerned if your kid refuses to eat multiple meals in a row, or never wants to try a new food. So you enforce a “3 bite rule,” don’t offer dessert if dinner wasn’t consumed, and bring out said refused dinner for bedtime snack. Or try sneaking vegetables into your child's food. And not only does your child now seem to be eating less than ever, but there are tears. Fights. Tantrums…. on the part of both the parent and the child. And then you read that rules such as these can negatively affect your child’s eating practices for life! Possibly leading to not only an even pickier eater, but an unhealthy relationship with food and the potential for disordered eating or weight issues as an adult.
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Are you worried that your child is "overweight" or eats too much? Should you restrict the amount of food they eat or enforce a 'no-seconds' policy at your dinner table? Quick answer: no.
Restricting the amount of food your child eats does not promote a healthy relationship with food or their body. Instead, it leads to binge eating, weight gain, shame and guilt around food.
Some parents think their child (of any age) is eating too much food, and others think that their child is not eating enough food. How do you really know??
If you have been restricting the amount of food that your child is allowed to eat at scheduled meals & snack times, it IS possible that they have reacted by overeating when they get the chance. If your child knows that she will not be allowed to eat until satisfied, she may compensate by stuffing herself when she has the opportunity to do so (and these opportunities increase as your child ages). However, if you have allowed your child multiple...
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Happy Valentine's Day! Speaking of love.......does food = love for you?
Often food is often equated with love. And this can be a beautiful relationship!
These are all fantastic ways to love food! But learning to equate food with love is not always a good thing. It causes some of us to turn to food for comfort when we're depressed or lonely. This can result overeating and guilt.
As a parent, we hope to raise kids who have a healthy relationship with food. This will help prevent picky eating in young kids, disordered eating and struggles with weight later on.
While your kids need nutrients to grow - it's just as important that you as a parent help them...