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Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child About the Joy of Food! Paperback – July 14, 2014
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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!
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!
Thank you, Melanie, for bringing these ideas and the experiences of the families who work with you to this delightful and helpful book.
Readers will learn that a cheerful and calm approach to child rearing challenges is the first step in teaching children to try new things, including food and this all leads to developing learning, flexibility and self-esteem. Melanie's sunny side is contagious as she guides parents who might be stressed from
* teaching a medically fragile child how to bite, chew and swallow for the first time after months or years of tube feeding
* trying to help a sensory defensive child tolerate the touch, smell and taste of food on hands, face and inside the mouth
* dreading daily emotional mealtime battles
Happy Mealtimes is a parent friendly read that packs a lot of punch in just 118 pages. Written for busy parents who don't want to learn how to be therapists, each chapter concludes with an even quicker to swallow and digest summary of the chapter's 3-4 major concepts.Parents will learn the basics of
* positioning for adequate support
* type of spoon to choose
* the developmental sequence of self-feeding beginning with making a mess!
* the importance of straw drinking
* how to recognize which behaviors are being reinforced
* and lots of strategies that lead to small steady gains
I think that every first time parent should read this book just to learn the basics of behavior modification. I myself grew up with a mom who allowed me to play with my food as the rest of my family ate, then throw out the bulk of it and eat ice cream. This is how you reinforce eating junk food!Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and provided some great stories about the author's experience, some of which I could relate to. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Just my opinion
Fantastic practical and useful advice. Excellent examples. Extremely well laid our format. Each chapter has a bullet point summary of the tips/techniques. Read morePublished 9 months ago by AMCascade
This book does the best job possible in the absence of a live and qualified therapist. Very practical. Easy to read and implement. Also written in a very understanding way...Published 12 months ago by Idil Cakim
I bought this book recommended by a friend to help me with my 8 year old sons eating issues. He's extremely picky so I was really hopeful this book would help. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Megan
I love this book. I have learned so much by reading this book! Every person who works in a school lunchroom would benefit from this book!Published 15 months ago by BRENDA HAMPTON