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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Bull Publishing Company; 1 edition (September 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915950839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915950836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"Feeding is a metaphor for the parent/child relationship overall," says Ellyn Satter, author of How to Get Your Kid to Eat ... But Not Too Much. Satter stresses her "Golden Rule" of parenting: parents are responsible for what is presented to eat and the manner in which it is presented. Children are responsible for how much or even whether they eat. Early chapters describe basic feeding principals. Satter then stresses ways to develop and maintain normal eating patterns from birth through adolescence, and provides solid information (and information on "solids") to both empower and relieve all parents worried about how their child eats. Later sections focus on feeding problems, obesity, special needs children, and eating disorders. How to Get Your Kid to Eat ... But Not Too Much may be the most sensible and accessible book on childhood feeding on the market.

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"This book is just great . . . Bravo!"  —T. Berry Brazelton, MD

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Ellyn Satter, MS, RD, LCSW, BCD is an internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding. A family therapist and feeding and eating specialist, Satter has a private psychotherapy practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Her books, journal and magazine articles, teaching materials, seminars and media interviews have made her well-known to the lay public, professionals and the media as the leading authority on nutrition and feeding of infants and children of all ages.

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.

Customer Reviews

This is practical, easy to read.
Barbara Roder
This book gave me the strength and the "know-how" to get my kids to eat healthy without having to force them to.
Airwrecka
This book does a good job of covering how to feed your child, from infancy to teenagers.
Alice M. Harrison

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Last week we went out for chinese food and my kids (ages 4 and 6) were begging for more broccoli and carrots. "How did you do it" asked the people at the table next door who were begging their two older kids to eat "at least a few more bites." Last night we went out with friends to a "family" restaurant where they put the kids cookies on the plate with their dinner. Our friends took their kids cookies and wouldn't let them have them until they had eaten what the parents considered an appropriate amount. There was alot of fighting. Our 4 year old ate her cookie first, then her chicken and left most of her fries. Our 6 year old ate her chicken and fries first and then ate her cookie. There was no fighting. How did we "do it"? Easy. Ellyn Sater's "How to get your kid to eat, but not too much."
Its simple method for dividing responsability in feeding makes everyone's life easier. Our favorite expression derives from the theories in this book: At the table we say "Eat it, Don't Eat it, Don't talk about it." Our kids know that this means that they don't have to eat anything they don't want but that no special meals will be made for them. We have desert every night and yes they get desert even if they don't eat dinner. Because there is no pressure or special reward, however, they usually choose to eat what is served, or some portion of it. The last things parents need is to battle with kids over food. This book will help you stop!
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Airwrecka on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book when my first child was 2 yrs. old and a very picky eater. I had become very tired and frustrated trying to find things that she would eat at each meal...just to get her to eat SOMETHING! I was so relieved to learn from this book that I am not responsible for how much or even IF my daughter ate. I am only responsible for WHEN and WHAT she can eat.
Since reading this book I have had 3 more children. And though they each have their eating preferences no one would ever call my children "picky eaters". I am constantly amazed at the great lengths my friends go to to get their children to eat or drink certain things. They seem to be equally amazed that I don't have to do the same with my own children.
This book gave me the strength and the "know-how" to get my kids to eat healthy without having to force them to.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. White on October 17, 2005
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I can't say exactly when my daughter became a picky eater. She started off great eating different veggie and fruit purees, and somewhere around 11 months, feeding went downhill quickly. It may have had something to with her daycare provider or something else she perceived as traumatic, but her preferred diet became yoghurt, Cheerios, and bananas. I tried for almost five months to "get" her to eat other things, then bought every toddler feeding book I could find. This was the one with the best layout, and best philosophy.

Unlike the other books I got, I was able to read the whole book inside of a week, and was also able to read the specific chapters without needing to constantly reference others.

We have incorporated the philosophy and recommendations with our daughter and while she has only added one fruit to her diet on a regular basis, she is now at least willing to try a new food.

The one con I found was that Ms Satter referenced her other book "Child of Mine" quite often in the early chapters, and I felt that including a basic summary of it in its own chapter would have been very helpful.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By K. Volz on November 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me by our pediatrician when my then one-year-old son wasn't gaining weight rapidly enough. While his problem was not of the seriousness of failing to thrive, it was extremely stressful to my husband and I as first-time parents. And I learned the foundations for parent-child food conflicts can be laid well before the child can participate in a discussion.

I was not interested in having the rest of my life turned into a food battle ground, and this book helped permanently defuse any conflict. My parenting style is relaxed. My husband's style is old school. And my son is willful. Satter's recommendations worked for all of us.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2002
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As a Registered Dietitian, I have used the concepts in this book to help parents transform their feeding relationships with their kids! It is best to read this book before you even have children or when they are very young and problems haven't started yet, but if you pick it up out of desperation, that's OK too - the concepts here are a great relief for many parents: It is not up to you to get the food into the mouth of the child! As long as you are doing your part of providing consistent, reasonably balanced meals, your child will do the rest and eat what he/she needs. In fact, when you end the begging/pleading/bribing of the child to eat, they will end up eating better in the long run! The concepts in this book, when consistently applied, lead to a much more relaxed mealtime, less struggle over food between parent/child, and in my opinion, ultimately help the child achieve and maintain a healthy weight and healthy relationship with food.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1999
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This is THE MOST USEFUL parenting book that I have ever read (and I have read a lot). No parent should overlook it, and this is ESPECIALLY true of anyone who has conflicts with their children over eating or who has a child who overeats or undereats.
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