Feeding Kids

Where to find help for my Picky Eater?

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Finding help with your personal questions and situation regarding feeding issues or picky eating questions for your child is important. Pediatric Registered Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists are reliable resources with a passion for assisting with feeding concerns. Find a list of reliable, trustworthy, and dedicated professionals to follow on Social Media and possibly work with individually when available.

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What causes picky eating?

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What causes picking eating? What is normal development for eating? While you are baby proofing your house, your child is baby proofing their taste buds. Learn how this affects how they will eat. How does growing from baby to toddler to school-age child change how they select what they want to eat?

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How to Feed Kids using the Division of Responsibility

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Feeding kids is hard. Providing a framework to know what exactly is a parent's job when it comes to feeding helps provide guidance to more relaxed and less anxiety filled meals. Placing your reassurance that as a parent you have done your job as opposed to seeking that reassurance by having your child clean their plate, helps provide a path for your child to develop a healthy relationship with food. See what it looks like in action to explain the Division of Responsibility by watching this video podcast episode. Parent's jobs includes what foods will be served, where to eat,...

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How to Help your Child with Sweets

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Just like limits that parents set for bedtime, what movies/shows kids can watch and screen time limits, sweets & salty are no different. Develop a family plan for sweets & salty foods. Kids thrive on predictability and reassurance that it will happen. This eases the concern of scarcity that kids will think the sweets & salty foods will never come. Decide when you would like to include them. When Options: Planned family outing for ice cream, donuts, or other sweets Write a family menu for the week and include sweets for certain nights of the week. Decide what days to...

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Boxing Match at Dinner: Desserts vs Veggies

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Resist the temptation to pit veggies against desserts. This happens when you tell your children they have to eat their vegetables in order to eat their desserts. What results maybe a child eating their vegetables but at what cost? What happens in a child's mind is that sweets become even more valuable and desirable. Vegetables now become even less desirable because they are what is standing in the way of the highly prized dessert. What to do? Decide when you would like to serve dessert. Have dessert as part of the meal without any conditions for your child to meet...

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