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Simple & Savvy Strategies for Creating Healthy Eaters Paperback – July 16, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is very readable. My wife picked it up and read through it in an evening, and I did the same. Our children are 3 and 5, so the sections regarding infant feeding weren't relevant. I read them anyway, because I wanted to compare her advice with what we experienced. Everything presented was spot-on, describing situations better than I would have. For example, when first time parents ask me when to introduce solids, I've always answered, "don't worry, you'll know." Beverly describes it perfectly, "...moves his head easily and watches intently as you eat. He may reach for your food or make sounds while you eat. Your child is telling you..."
We found ourselves bargaining with our 5 year old to get her to eat foods that were not her favorites. My wife and I have differing inclinations for dealing with it. I lean towards punishment, "no vegetables, no dessert." She goes out of her way to present them with only foods they will eat. We know both inclinations have negative future returns and we needed some fresh strategies. This book delivered.
I'm withholding the fifth star because the book is filled with grammatical errors, starting in chapter 1, sentence 3. Most of the errors would have been caught by a text editor with grammar checking enabled. Even a final pass by a proofreader should have caught most of them. While the writing and content is excellent, the editing of the book is amateur.
Beverly's book is wonderful and we refer to it often, but long before her book she was a lifesaver. She was the nutritionist in my 5 year old's infant class. I could not understand why we needed a nutritionist when we were all holding babies who were breast-feeding or drinking formula...but 5 years later I can tell you it all makes sense! Healthy eaters are created YOUNG with first foods and introductions (and repeated introductions) to a wide variety of foods.
I had no idea hummus could be baby food. Or that I could scoop avocado into my child's mouth right from the source! Beverly takes the guess work and headache out of feeding your little ones...makes it fun...and most of all makes great sense!
We are not perfect and our kids get their fair share of sugar and what we call "fun foods" (like McDonalds) but it sure nice to not have to rely on chicken nuggets and hot dogs in order to get my kids to eat.
Beverly also has lots of tips and tricks for those who missed the window early on....it is never to late to start your kids on a healthy path and relationship with food!
You will love this little gem of a book!
The rules around eating are clear as Ms. Pressey lays them out: you as the parent decide what to serve and when to serve meals, and your child decides what foods from the selection to eat and how much. There is no force-feeding, deception, bribes, or trickery in the eating strategies she discusses. If you don't want your child to eat a particular food, you don't offer it. If the child decides not to eat much at a meal because he doesn't like the food, then he will be hungry and will make up the calories in the next meal. You don't have to give in to their favorite foods just to get your children to eat. This is marvelous news!
I haven't seen any other book on this topic that covers so much material, gets to the point so quickly, and is so easy to read. I think every new mom and a lot of frustrated moms would use this book again and again. It's a great gift for baby showers and also a good 1st birthday gift idea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seems like a lot of sensible good advice and guidelines... I will have to see how it goes actually putting it into practice. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Erica Coutsouridis