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"The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution eases parents' fears and provides practical, simple solutions that really work." --Stephanie Gallagher, The Iron Chef Mom, theironchefmom.com
"It's simple and doable, and it works." --Missy Chase Lapine, author, The Sneaky Chef
"Elizabeth Pantley has once again penned a brilliant guide for parents on a common childhood theme. With savvy tips and tricks to usher our kids into the joys of eating, it is a sanity-saver!" --Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author, The Power of Slow
From the Author
Eating should be a pleasurable experience. Food should not provoke anxiety, stress or worry. Meals should supply the best possible fuel for energy, health and for emotional contentment. This act of eating - which will be done more often than almost anything else in your child's life - should be a positive, pleasant, enriching experience. Food is your child's fuel for growth and development and you need to feed your child three meals plus snacks--every single day. You may feel like picky-eating issues overshadow every part of your life and put a damper on what should be an enjoyable stage in your child's growth. The biggest problem that parents of picky eaters face is the perpetuation of the myth that children should want to eat healthy, well-rounded meals every day and that they should eat vegetables with gusto, never desire junk food, and emphatically turn down sweets and treats in favor of fresh fruit. Let's put this myth aside as wishful thinking, since almost 85% of parents say that their child is or was a picky eater.
The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution will provide you with plenty of tips and solutions for getting your picky eater to enjoy more healthful eating, so you can get back to enjoying mealtime with your child.
When asked to define myself, the first thing that comes to mind is not the business that that brings in my paycheck, but the pursuit that occupies the majority of my days and the biggest chunk of my heart: Mother. I'm a mom of four wonderful, loveable, magical children. I've managed to create a rich and rewarding career as an author of books for parents, and as a speaker on this epic and important topic. I have the pleasure of writing about the things that bring families more peace, and the fun of chatting with people every day about our children and calling it work. I travel around the world to share what I know, and learn many new things from other parents on my journeys. I have presented at many conferences, hospital parenting programs and other events. I'm the author of nine parenting books available in 24 languages -- showing that parents are the same, no matter where in the world they live or what language they speak. My email box is filled daily with reader mail from all over the world -- my virtual pen pals. I have several new "No-Cry" parenting books in the works.
You can get more information, pictures, articles, contests, and more, at my web site: http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth
Another wonderful resource for parents from Elizabeth Pantley. True to her style, she is encouraging and supporting of parents who are struggling, frustrated, and exhausted with the food battles of our little one.
The No Cry Picky Eater Solution covers two "major" areas - the first, how to ensure your child is getting the nutrition they need (with excellent charts on what this is for various age groups - realistic charts that can actually be implemented), the second area, how to increase your child's repertoire of foods they will actually eat.
For the first point, Eliabeth provides ways to increase the nutritional value in what your child will currently eat by hiding healthy items in currently "acceptable" foods, by slowly transitioning into healthier choices (adding 1/3 whole wheat pasta to the standard box of macaroni and cheese), as well as a whole section of recipes (supplied by various authors) on how to add more nutrition to what you are baking or cooking... including wonderful catchy names for these foods - Lord of the Apple Rings & Pink Potatoes.
To the second point... how to increase what your child will actually eat. Elizabeth provides very helpful information on how children develop their sense of taste, how this is developmental and not established at birth - this leads to a different way to conceptualize what the "battle" is actually about and how to approach it. This area was our biggest challenge in our home... we had done the "sneaky" approach of getting nutrition in our son (now 4) but wanted him to "want" the asparagus and other "healthy choices".Read more ›
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This book has a bunch of practical advice that is worth trying out. However, it flaunts statistics and nutritional studies in a misleading way.
It keeps presenting snippets of studies under the heading "The Shocker!!!". *But* it does it in a misleading manner. It reports that "more than 40% of children do not always eat breakfast". First of all, you need to define "not always". Second, other studies have shown that the probability of skipping breakfast increases with age. This statistic probably over-represents teenagers, and is not relevant to the age group at hand.
The book also repeatedly implies causation when all that is shown is correlation. Teenagers who have family dinners have less sex. I highly doubt that family dinners are the primary cause. More likely there are other factors, e.g. socioeconomic status, family composition, cultural values etc.
Then, the book encourages parents to aspire to feed their children a diet that is not attainable by most adults. Low-fat cheese?! Give me a break. Just today the New York Times had an article on how difficult it is to produce good-tasting low-fat cheese. Also, the book is down on salt, but actually, the jury is still out on salt. A meta-study of many other studies showed that salt does not have much effect on health. So why make food less tasty for already picky eaters by pushing nutritional dogma that is slowly being debunked? Isn't it more important for children to learn to eat a variety of foods rather than stressing at this stage (when high-fat is OK for most healthy, growing kids) about eating out of the health-food section?
The book also seems down on eating out, but the unspoken assumption is that this means going to a fast-food restaurant or an American sit-down chain restaurant.Read more ›
When I discovered this book, I snapped it up and read it through. It is easy to read, trim with only the most pertinent information that is highly usable. This book shines by giving the reader an understanding and empathy for what our children are going through and comfort that their behavior is normal, (our children aren't trying to drive us nuts). I no longer feel guilty about my daughter's food preferences and can focus that misspent energy on tactics that are guiding her towards making healthy choices.
How This Book Works This book is divided into four sections:
What You Really Need To Know About Picky Eaters This section defines what a picky eater is and gives you some reassurance that picky eating is not only normal behavior for kids is part of our biological wiring. For example, kids crave energy dense foods that are easy to break down, (i.e. carbs) to power their rapidly growing brains and bodies as well as their constant motion. Also, bitter flavors can be an indicator of a toxic substance and kids' natural aversion to bitter is a evolutionary protector against ingesting toxic plants. Perhaps this could be used to our advantage, I'm thinking kale flavored crayons and Play-Doh...
This section also contains Food Facts that delineates some of the common problems in our modern diets and offers gentle solutions for rectifying those issues.
The Fundamental Four: Attitude, Environment, Amounts and Rules Attitude reminds us to keep our eye on long term goals by not waging war on our children each mealtime. Environment reminds us that if we want our children to eat healthy, then our pantries and refrigerators need to be filled with healthy foods and they need to see us enjoying those foods too.Read more ›
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