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Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More Paperback – September 14, 2012
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Paperback : 354 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0615691315
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615691312
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Family Feeding Dynamics LLC (September 14, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From infanthood our son was very high on the weight chart and we were instructed to restrict his food. Fast forward two years and our healthy (but naturally robust) toddler was obsessed with food. Always talking about and asking for food even directly after meals, crying and screaming while I would prepare food, gobbling meals so fast he would choke and still crying for more (even when his belly was so full it was physically hard) and trying to take other people's food at social events. It got to the point where I was dreading special occasions, and even got nervous if a book featured food since it would trigger him to focus on eating. I desperately searched the internet and found Dr. Rowell's blog, then this book. I ordered it immediately and read it cover to cover.
It's now been two months since we began following her methods, and my son is like a different child. He was so serious and cautious when his mind was on food, and now he's able to relax and be playful, even going for hours without mentioning eating. When he does eat, he no longer gobbles like he's starving, and is able to stop when he's full. Using the gentle techniques outlined in this book and thoughtfully reexamining the beliefs we held toward food and weight, we were able to instill an abundance mindset in our home. Our healthy, sweet little boy no longer obsesses about food, and thankfully, we don't have to either.
My family has struggled with feeding our four year old son, who was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis a year ago. We saw very little improvement with 10 months of behavioral based feeding therapy and I was at my wits end with what to do next. "Love Me Feed Me" instantly calmed my nerves, renewed my hope, made our struggle seem a little more normal, and gave us a practical method for moving forward. We are just in the beginning stages of implementing the Division of Responsibility method at our family dinners but the entire family is enjoying calmer, more relaxed meals.
I enjoyed all sections of this book but found the section on rethinking nutrition to be particularly helpful. No doubt, we all want our kids to eat varied, nutritious and balanced meals and this section helped me gain perspective on the issue. This book is not going to teach you how to hide spinach in brownies or craft works of art out of a sandwich (and if you are reading this review and have a picky eater, I bet you have already tried) but will provide you a guide towards raising a competent eater.
The book is extremely well-organized and well-written, and contains lots of background information and practical tips. I also love that it is written in an extremely reassuring tone. This give the reading parent confidence in trusting both the book's advice and the child. Even if you're familiar with Ellyn Satter's works and the Division of Responsibility Model and have read her books, website, or papers, and/or other books on feeding issues, I nonetheless strongly recommend this book as an additional resource.
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Actually, I think it is a must read disregarding of the attitude your children have towards food.
This is a compassionate, common-sense, attachment-focused book. The author really "gets" the relationship between attachment and feeding. If you have adopted, or if you are fostering, a child who has an unhealthy relationship with food, RUN -- don't walk -- to get this book. I can't thank the author enough for this amazing resource!!!