Picky Eaters - Successful Strategies Part 1

Written by Jason Katzenback

What is in a name?

The answer is everything!

Jo J. of Victoria, Texas said that her son was a very picky eater betweenrepparttar ages of four and six and refused to eat many ofrepparttar 144663 dishes she made, until she discoveredrepparttar 144664 art of renaming recipes.

“One evening I discovered that he would eat ANYTHING he thought might be onrepparttar 144665 diet ofrepparttar 144666 characters of his favorite TV show atrepparttar 144667 time, ‘The Young Riders.’ Oh, yeah,” Jo says, “The Kid's Beans, Teaspoon's Favorite Casserole, Young Riders' Skillet, and many others became sudden favorites of my picky eater son. To this day, he still enjoys dishes that were once refused simply because of inventive renaming!”

While most adults and some children look forward to new food experiences, understand and accept that your picky eater will look forward to eatingrepparttar 144668 same foods over and over again. This often gives them a sense of comfort and security, which is generally not hazardous to their health unless it is sugar or sodium laden.

Studies have shown that repeated exposure to foods greatly increasesrepparttar 144669 likelihood even a picky eater child will eat it. Some experts feelthat new food has to be offered anywhere from 8 to 18 times before it is acceptable. You can preparerepparttar 144670 food in different ways, but offer it on a consistent basis, especially when your picky eater child will berepparttar 144671 hungriest. Offering food as part of a nutrition activity or snack may make it more interesting. Also seeing other children sample foods may encourage a picky eater to become more adventurous.

If you know in advance that one or more ofrepparttar 144672 food choices will be met with howls of disgust, have something else available that your picky eater will find pleasing to his or her palate. Encourage your picky child to taste one ofrepparttar 144673 “repulsive” foods before chowing down on one ofrepparttar 144674 more desirable ones, but do not be offended if he or she refuses.

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

Written by Dr. Charles Sophy

Let’s face it: raising children can be quiterepparttar adventure. Rewarding at one turn, challenging atrepparttar 144437 next – it’srepparttar 144438 ultimate roller-coaster forrepparttar 144439 parenting thrill seeker. Inrepparttar 144440 Game of Life, you rolledrepparttar 144441 dice and acceptedrepparttar 144442 role of co-parent. Whilerepparttar 144443 rules seem deceptively simple, (raise child into healthy adult),repparttar 144444 game is often complicated by differences in parenting styles between partners. It’s these differences, if unresolved, that can abandon you inrepparttar 144445 land of defeat and leave you feeling overwhelmed and discouraged, with “game over” flashing on your internal video screen. Bridging a significant difference in parenting styles is one ofrepparttar 144446 most difficult aspects of building a family. Parenting isrepparttar 144447 substantial task of balancing your beliefs and values (about child development, love, tradition and discipline) with your childhood experiences, in order to nurture healthy and secure children. Add a co-parent torepparttar 144448 equation – with their own beliefs, values and experiences - and suddenly,repparttar 144449 balancing act becomes more complex.

Let's pretend: It’srepparttar 144450 weekend. The sun is shining and there isn’t a cloud inrepparttar 144451 sky. You and your parent partner decide to take your young son, Joey, for a relaxing Sunday picnic inrepparttar 144452 park. Your partner loadsrepparttar 144453 picnic basket with bottles of water, healthy ham and cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread (no crust for little Joey), and slices up a watermelon for a refreshing treat after a few games of touch football. You hop on your bikes and peddle torepparttar 144454 park, laughing allrepparttar 144455 way as you and Joey play followrepparttar 144456 leader and he tries to copy your “pop-a-wheelies” with varying degrees of success, your partner watching warily from behind.

Finally,repparttar 144457 park in sight, you all race to berepparttar 144458 first one there, Joey pedaling as fast as his little legs will let him. You and your partner are on his tail untilrepparttar 144459 last moment when you both ease off to allow Joeyrepparttar 144460 victory.

Elated and winded, Joey hops off his bike and requests a ride onrepparttar 144461 swings. You turn to your partner and say, "I'll take him. Relax. Enjoy your lunch." Joey takes your hand and you toddle off torepparttar 144462 swings. He climbs aboard, ready forrepparttar 144463 dizzying heights and squeals as each push sends him higher and higher.

Seconds later, your anxious parent partner is at your side, saying “Don't push him so high! He looks motion sick. Joey hold tight!" The comments sting, prompting feelings of anger that your partner would think you are not being safe with your child, resentment and even inadequacy. To add insult torepparttar 144464 injury, little Joey immediately picks up your partner’s hesitation, looks confused and timid, and loudly announces “Daddy, stop!” You quickly catch him and ease his swing into a stop position and watch with mixed emotions as Joey leaps off and runs into your partner’s arms, whimpering as he’s led back torepparttar 144465 picnic area.

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