Picky Eaters - Successful Strategies Part 1

Written by Jason Katzenback

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Sherry P. from Miami, Oklahoma is a daycare provider and has been working with children for almost 40 years. One ofrepparttar ways she encourages her young charges to eat more vegetables is to let each child take turns at picking one each day. “Of course I limitrepparttar 144663 choices to two or three – say corn, peas, or green beans,” she advises. “That way they feel like they have some control over what they eat. I also give them some choices that they can say ‘no’ to such as pickles or salads.

Being able to have a say in what they eat seems to help.” Sherry also adds more fruit to their diet by adding it to Jell-O, which they really seem to like. “Another thing that I do is to use meal times as a time to talk with each other. I askrepparttar 144664 kids about things that are going on in their lives and they do not even notice what they are eating,” she says.

Often, parents worry that if they do not preparerepparttar 144665 specific foods that their picky eater children like to eat, they will wither away. However, Dr. Karen Sadler, a pediatrician in Boston, MA, and panel expert atrepparttar 144666 Baby Zone (www.babyzone.com), says that hunger is a powerful drive and young children will not starve themselves torepparttar 144667 point of danger. To help promote a lifetime of better eating habits, she makesrepparttar 144668 following recommendations:

Offer your picky eater child a few nutritious food choices atrepparttar 144669 dinner table. What is not eaten in 20 minutes can be wrapped up and offered as a later snack. Give your childrepparttar 144670 power to choose, but from among healthy choices, berries or orange wedges, for example.

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Mom vs. Dad: Navigating Parenting Differences With All Good Intentions

Written by Dr. Charles Sophy

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You slink back to join them, angry, hurt and frustrated, and eat your lunch in silence. Lunch over; you all wearily climb onto your bikes forrepparttar seemingly endless ride home. How did our happy day go wrong? What, if anything, should be done about it? Do you simply hope and pray forrepparttar 144437 arrival of Monday morning andrepparttar 144438 refuge ofrepparttar 144439 work routine? No! It’s essential to communicate with your partner.

Plan a Response Often, our first reaction when faced with a difference in styles is, "That's not what I would do." Conflicts bubble torepparttar 144440 surface when one or both partners operate with “my way isrepparttar 144441 right way” mentality. Discussing and resolving a conflict isrepparttar 144442 only way to minimizerepparttar 144443 negative impact differing parenting styles can have onrepparttar 144444 family. An unresolved conflict in parenting styles is one of leading causes of partner breakups.

Relying on some ofrepparttar 144445 following may minimize your distress as you plan a response:

Communication: Take time to discuss each other's parenting styles and values. Work on listening to your partner as carefully as you would like them to listen to you. Awareness (self and others, especially your child): Be aware if your own childhood is influencing how you are reacting to your child or your co-parent, and assess if your reaction is a fit for today's situation. Ask yourself: Why did you react that way? Why did they?

Ownership (your actions/non-actions): Don’t playrepparttar 144446 blame game. Examine what role your actions or non-actions played inrepparttar 144447 conflict.

Control (who has it; who needs it): Understand each other's needs for this vital resource. Strive to be more flexible and to not have to always be in control. Never undermine your partner or your partner's parenting in front of your children.

Resolution (bring issues to closure): Unresolved issues are a sure course to dissolution. Don't put off dealing withrepparttar 144448 important conflicts.

Keep in mind: Despite your differences, you both want what’s best forrepparttar 144449 children. This wasn'trepparttar 144450 first conflict and it probably won't berepparttar 144451 last. The next time you and your spouse lock horns over a parenting matter, remember to relax, be compassionate, and know that your kids need you both.

Dr. Charles Sophy currently serves as Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He also has a private psychiatry practice in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Charles Sophy, author of the “Keep ‘Em Off My Couch” blog, provides real simple answers for solving life’s biggest problems. He specializes in improving the mental health of children. To contact Dr. Sophy, visit his blog at http://drsophy.com.

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