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French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters Kindle Edition
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Americans snack constantly. Most of their calories are from junk, "fake" food. Most restaurants are some variant of Fast Food (especially Chili's and Olive Garden types, that cook prepackaged meals passed off as real dishes), and they eat out a LOT! Kids are constantly walking around with some bag of something in their hands. Corporations have caught on and pacify parents with things like "Organic Fruit Rollups". And we have fallen for it hook, line, and sinker. Schools especially, even Pre-K, where the kids are fed Animal Crackers as a morning snack and corporate marketing tools are drilled into them.
We tried several books that typically resulted in bribery, punishment, reward, or becoming a line-cook and making separate meals for the kids. It seemed ridiculous because we were eating so much better than our own child. Other parents were of little help, because they all had the same problem with no solutions.
By instituting some of the rules outlined in this book, we've changed our household dramatically. We stopped the fighting. We cooked good meals and started eating together, more slowly, enjoying conversation. We eliminated snacks from our house. We encouraged her to try everything, but didn't force her to eat it (a "taste" was acceptable, it would reappear on her plate some other night). One snack a day, between lunch and dinner, and only fruit/yogurt/cheese/applesauce/etc. Desserts were for special meals and occasions (where it had previously been a reward for choking down a sliver of carrot). If she didn't eat, fine, the plate was taken away when the meal was over and she could wait until her next meal. No snacks! (Very quickly, she finally stormed into the kitchen, took back her plate and happily ate everything she had 20 minutes ago declared "yucky!") We started formal dinners once a week to have fun dressing up the table. She was encouraged to help with the cooking more. Eating is supposed to be FUN and enjoyable!
Finally, we changed ourselves. We took the time in the morning to make meals and eat together, as well as the evening dinner. We stopped letting ourselves get frustrated, because we knew that we weren't starving her (plenty of yummy food was being served), and eventually she would eat when she got hungry and realized that no, a cookie or box of crackers would never be coming.
I recommend this book to every parent.
The family meal was a daily vegetable battle I dreaded every night. Karen has her failures and was honest to admit - when embarking on her children's food journey. This gave me lots of confidence. I did learn quite a lot of tips. I might have failures/ but Karen did too. I keep persisting and thinkingmy children are learning. It has changed my approach to things like the presentation - setting the table, snacking and offers useful things to say. I am more relaxed about preparing the stressful evening meal - I should slow down and enjoy it. I am looking for local markets and fresh food- rather than packaged products. I plan to give this book to a few friends with young children. I have also read Bringing up Bebe and Why French women don't get fat. I have found all these books very good. they really complement each other. I have learnt lots things about he French approach to food from all of them. They offer different perspectives of baby & toddler, child & mother, to woman. Can't wait to travel to France and observe the French celebrate their food!
whoever is debating whether to invest your time and money on this book - please don't think just grab a copy, and invest 3 hours in your lifetime for a great awakening moment
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