As I pediatrician, I hear concerns from parents almost daily about their child’s eating habits. From picky eaters to obesity to non-compliant eaters, I’ve heard it all (and more) in my practice.
This issue can be very emotional for parents, especially mothers. If our kids don’t eat well, we feel like we’re not parenting well because we should at least be able to give sustenance to our children. That is the essence of survival and care. So when our child rejects something we try to feed him, it’s more than an annoyance. It’s a source of guilt and shame.
This is why I wanted to sit down with an expert to talk about nutrition and kids. Julie Revelant is a nutrition expert and health journalist who specializes in teaching parents how to raise kids who crave healthy foods. I recently interviewed Julie on my Parenting Great Kids podcast, and she provided some excellent tips and insights into how parents can help their child become a healthy eater.
I highly encourage you to listen to the full episode here, or wherever you like to listen to your podcasts. One of the biggest topics we hit is the one I probably hear about most from parents: picky eaters.
So many parents have children who won’t eat their vegetables, or simply don’t seem to want to eat at all. By dinnertime, parents are at their wit’s end and cave to their child, giving her whatever she wants, which just perpetuates the problem.
Julie offered some great advice for picky eaters that just might revolutionize dinnertime for your whole family.