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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (July 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557606551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557606559
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am the mother of a difficult eater, and I have read just about every guide available on this utterly frustrating subject. I've finally found my favorite. If you have a child who refuses all vegetables, or eats nothing but carbs, or won't progress from purees, then this book is for you. If you have spent countless hours worrying about whether your little one will need a feeding tube because he flat out refuses to eat, then this book is for you. And if your child is perfectly normal but you want to teach him to be a happy, adventurous eater as he grows up, then this book is for you.

If you are the parent of a child like mine, you already know that there are a lot of books on this subject, but this is one of the best. Many other books are overly dense (and therefore out of touch) or overly anecdotal(and therefore totally useless). This one provides a basic philosophy and tips on how to implement it. I highly recommend. My little man has made so much progress thanks to Melanie Potock!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Berhost on February 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am the mother of a special needs 3yr old that has been tube fed since birth. I have done so much internet research and read a lot of books on the topic of feeding. This book is such an easy read and has step by step instructions and real life situations that make you understand completely what you should be doing and saying while feeding your child. All other books I have read have been so boring and so hard to understand so I really enjoyed this book. Feeding has always felt so negative and frustrating with my child but once I starting implementing Melanie Potock's feeding methods from what type of chair/spoon/verbiage to use things starting quickly changing. My son has been in multiple feeding therapy's that gave him little to no progress. Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids has helped me get my son to eat 4oz. a day in less than a months time. That is a huge accomplishment for us! I know that if we keep up with this method we will soon be g-tube free! I highly recommend this book to all parents! Thank you Melanie for putting your years of experience and knowledge into this amazing book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peggy K on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a pediatric feeding specialist and I share this book with parents who have concerns and/or questions about their child's eating skills. My parents all enjoy the boook as it is easy and quick to read and they can relate to many of the stories. Mel's book is filled with simple feeding strategies which families can implement right away. We finally have a resource that skips over all of the theory and jumps right into what parents want.....solutions! Thank you Mel!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By speech therapist and mom on February 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a speech/language pathologist who often works with children with feeding challenges, I feel fortunate to have found Melanie's book. Happy Mealtimes With Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child About the Joy of Food is a wonderful resource for professionals and families alike. Melanie Potock's suggestions are both functional, and fun. They are presented with a gentle, joyful approach that will support and reassure families as they navigate the sometimes frustrating and complex but often rewarding area of helping children learn to eat. I especially recommend Melanie's suggestions in Chapter 7 regarding the use of attention and reinforcement for desired mealtime behaviors.

Thank you, Melanie, for bringing these ideas and the experiences of the families who work with you to this delightful and helpful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MollyM on July 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Any mom with the slightest bit of anxiety surrounding her child's eating can find respite in Happy Mealtimes. My daughter (2.5) has been stuck in a cycle of a very few easy foods for quite some time and I've spent the better part of her life TRYING and TRYING to get her to eat more than a very few items. We've fought, we've cried, we've both thrown significant tantrums. Reading Melanie's book has offered some perspective and tactics that have worked for the first time for us.
Until now, I feel like I've tried everything I could think of or find research for online - coaxing, distractions, hiding foods, and even giving up entirely, hoping she'd break the cycle on her own. Nothing worked. Happy Mealtimes offered an entirely different approach and ideas on how to make mealtime FUN and something that my daughter, husband and I can actually enjoy and now we're experiencing success after success - long overdue from two and a half years of failure after failure.

I truly am grateful to have discovered Melanie and her book. Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Registered Dietitian on July 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Melanie does a super job providing helpful strategies for a wide range of topics that may interfere with a healthy relationship with food. Her chapters are easy to read and the humor threaded throughout is so appreciated. I am delighted a book like this exists and I will continue to refer to it as my toddler's developmental stages unfold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren N. on February 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic--easy to read with many useful tips for all parents, not just those who have children with feeding difficulties. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to help make mealtimes with young children better. This book is worth every penny--easy to read, humorous and offers much insightful wisdom from a very experienced feeding therapist. As the mother of a picky eater, I have learned a lot from this book.
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