DAILY FIND: Con Those Picky Eaters

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.

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  1. Hazel M. Wheeler

    Thanks for posting this link! Ellen Satter changed my life as a nanny. It’s hard to believe, but I have found that taking some huge steps back has helped. Nowadays, feeding our son thoughfully– offering at least two things we know he will *usually* eat, and then giving choices on the plate, and not worrying about it– this has saved our house a lot of tears. We don’t even have a one-bite rule in our house, and I think that’s allowed our son to be naturally curious about food, and he likes a lot beyond mac-n-cheese. I’ve also learned that not getting hooked into the “I don’t like” comments (esp. when it’s something we know he loved two days ago) and just reminding him “This is what we have for dinner” really helps. Still not perfect, but my life is better by not consulting him on the menu, catering to what was his favorite yesterday (when I’m likely to hear “I don’t like it!”) and by just preparing what my husband and I plan to eat without a lot of extra Jedi mind tricks– this makes life so much better.

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