Feeding young children can be stressful for parents. When children refuse food, parents experience all sorts of emotions and reactions. Although the distress that parents feel can be incredibly frustrating, many of these fears and feelings are rooted in a deep evolutionary need to nurture our children.
You will already be very familiar with the tantrums at mealtimes, the struggles over feeding and the special meals that you have prepared. You may even have sought help through your child’s GP or Health Visitor. You may feel blamed, or you have been told that this is just a normal developmental stage and that your child will grow out of it. But tackling picky eating now can prevent many frustrated mealtimes and hours of worry for parents.
‘Help! My Toddler Is Not Eating” uses evidence based approaches and strategies to help you tackle picky eating in your toddler. The book is divided into 30 chapters, or days. The first part of the book describes the nutritional aspects of fussy or picky eating, because my experience has taught me that parents worry about this the most. The second part, the psychology of how we learn to eat and how to influence this, are probably the most important and will give you the tools to manage the normal behavioural responses to the strange world of new foods that we ask our young children to get used to. Each day of the programme addresses one key part of the jigsaw, with lots of explanation and things you can try at home.
Come and join me. I look forward to seeing you on the other side!