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Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, Revised and Updated Edition Paperback – March 1, 2000
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Child of Mine provides information on all aspects of feeding, from pregnancy through the toddler years. Satter begins with historical and social perspectives on infant feeding, describing how formula was developed and discussing the social movement that lead to accepting a child's input into his or her own development. Nutrition during pregnancy, infant feeding, introducing solid foods, building positive eating relationships, and avoiding eating disorders are all discussed. The sections on breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, and on the regulation of food intake (particularly the relationship between parental attitudes and children's eating habits) are especially recommended.
Satter provides specific nutritional information (including charts, diagrams, and nutritional breakdowns) interspersed with a no-nonsense, experienced perspective that will help you establish good eating habits that your children will benefit from long after they're out of diapers. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Satter's stated mission is to revolutionize feeding and eating. Her unconventional advice? Do what comes naturally. "As long as adults do their jobs with feeding, children do a good job with eating. They intuitively eat the right amount of food to grow well. They naturally push themselves along to learn to like new foods. We did too, at one time. We did, that is, until it was educated out of us by well-meaning adults and misguided, puritanical rules about eating." Satter knows whereof she speaks, given her 40 years' experience helping people of all ages with their eating and with feeding their children.
Satter's clear and vivid explanations of normal and distorted eating and feeding have made her a popular interviewee and speaker. The author of the Division of Responsibility in Feeding (parents are responsible for the what, when and where of feeding, children are responsible for the how much and whether of eating), Satter has led nutrition, health and mental health professionals as well as the general public to adopt wise and emotionally healthy approaches to feeding and eating.
Satter's books are valued by both professional and lay readers as authoritative, practical, humorous and entertaining. Your Child's Weight: Helping Without Harming (Kelcy Press) recommends solving the problem of children overweight throughout the growing-up years by "doing the opposite of what seems right...feeding children rather than restricting them." Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense (Bull Publishing) helps parents observe and understand their children and translate that insight into good feeding. Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family (Kelcy Press) teaches fast, efficient, delicious and nutritious food management for the "thinking cook." How to Get Your Kid to Eat...But Not Too Much (Bull Publishing) details feeding and solving feeding problems, birth through adolescence.
Top Customer Reviews
If this scenario recurs almost daily at your house (as it does at mine), then you should BUY THIS BOOK. It is one of those rare parenting books that actually gives you answers. It delivers them up in a friendly, no-nonsense style, based on the author's experience as a mother of three and as registered dietician/clinical social worker. Ellyn Satter has seen it all, and we can all benefit from the wealth of her experience. After reading this updated and expanded edition, I have learned to let my children serve themselves from the serving dishes on the table, and then to sit back and not worry about what else happens. Satter's philosophy regarding feeding is that it is the parent's job to determine the what and when of feeding: what food gets offered and when.Read more ›
*You probably don't need to BUY this book. The core of Satter's ideas are laid out on her website, albeit it's kind of a circular journey going from link to link to link.
*This book's (or Satter's website's) overview of how children grow and how their appetites can change from age to age is invaluable. Kids aren't born with instruction manuals, and I know it made me feel better to learn that it's perfectly normal for a baby to self-wean and become more food-fixated at 9 months (not all are like that) and that it's not out of character for a 2-year-old to become a pickier eater.
*Satter's overriding premise (her "division of eating responsibility") - that the what, when, and where of eating are up to the parent and that the choice of how much (if any) to eat is up to the child - is a sane one and, if followed in a positive, easy-going manner throughout a child's development, leads to long term healthy eating habits. Satter's system has prevented me from becoming that parent who a.) anxiously follows her child around with a forkful of spinach, begging her to "eat healthy" or b.) caters to her kid's every food whim and therefore becomes a slave to the tastes of a 3-year-old (or ends up cooking 2 or more dinners every night). Satter's way is a nice middle ground.Read more ›
In addition, I found "How to Get Your Kid to Eat" to be more concise with basically the same information. Busy parents can get the same help with feeding their children in a much shorter book.
This book focuses heavily on infant feeding, both breast and bottle, as well as starting solids. As a breastfeeding mom, I found the chapter on breastfeeding to be average. You're better off with a good breastfeeding book, as you'll need one anyway. The bottlefeeding information presented is very important, as it is tempting to try and control your child's eating when you use a bottle. This book helps you avoid that. There aren't many books on bottlefeeding. Again, though, the important facts about sharing control with your child while bottlefeeding are in her other books.
I highly recommend Ellyn Satter, especially to parents with eating issues that they don't want to pass on to their children. One of her two other books is a better, more comprehensive read, though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of great ideas from the author's many years of experience working with young children and families. Recommended by scarymommy.com.Published 20 days ago by Summer
I have tried several times to read this book, but there are so many "I did this, I did that, they thanked me for this, I was right... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jess
This is a must read for all parents though I agree with other reviewers that it is very repetitive. Also, a lactation consultant suggested that the breastfeeding portion was not... Read morePublished 4 months ago by nancydrew77
Outdated nutrition advice by someone who thinks that being fat is healthy.Published 5 months ago by Olga Surovtsev
Should be the Go-To for every mom when learning about children, nutrition, and healthy eating.Published 6 months ago by Kaleigh Kirkpatrick
This is a straightforward book with solutions for feeding. It's great as a reference and I find myself going to it again & again. Totally worth the read!Published 7 months ago by CarrieLiz8