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Eat and feed with joy
Explore how to eat, how to feed, how to address picky eating, overweight, underweight and special needs. Get tips on coping with interference from well meaning family, doctors, and teachers. Learn how to reconcile what you want to eat with what you are supposed to eat!
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Parents whose children who are being treated with medication for ADHD have particular feeding challenges. The medication spoils children’s appetites, children eat poorly, and parents worry that their child’s growth will be stunted. Often, parents and children with...
Just when you start to relax, now comes word that you have to be careful not to overfeed your baby! Always ready to pack for a guilt trip, having grownup children doesn’t save us from second-guessing what we did back then! Not to worry! Relaxing and having good times...
These days, it’s common for researchers to conclude that “deficits” in children are what cause obesity. That is, there is something wrong with the child that leads to obesity. Self-control, generally defined as the ability to delay gratification, is a case in point....
Recently, I was doing an assessment in my clinical practice and reviewed a video of a family meal – Mum, Dad and their four-year-old daughter. The meal lasted 58 minutes! How could a four-year-old sit at the table for that long, I hear you ask. Well, she did a pretty...
Families always eat, but, in the words of a Minneapolis parent addressing the challenges of family dinner, “We don’t always sit down and eat together if it’s fast food, like we would if it was home cooked.” The same research group found that families are more likely...
Some parents feel that their child(ren) stay at the table forever! Parents say they are following the Division of Responsibility™ and worry that setting a time limit will be restricting or somehow interfering with their child doing his jobs with eating. There are...
This is a common dilemma: What to do when kids finish eating their meal, but others in the family are still eating? Firstly, it's important to note that it can be pretty boring for a young child to stay seated at the table once they have finished eating. Here is what...
Diets don't work You probably know that diets don't work. If they did, people wouldn't be coming up with new ones all the time, billions of dollars wouldn't need to be spent on 'dieting' and we would all be competent eaters. Unfortunately, this isn't the case....
Many parents tell us that they find providing meals stressful, in particular the evening meal. They go to the effort of getting a meal on the table and then one or more of the family members could well reject it. So they resort to catering to the likes and dislikes of...
Eating Competence One of the important concepts that Ellyn Satter has developed and researched is that of eating competence. “Eating Competence is being positive, comfortable and flexible with eating as well as matter-of-fact and reliable about getting...
More about eating competence
- Adult eating and weight
- Are you tired of feeling bad about your eating?
- Counterfeit permission
- Eat what you like and be healthy!
- Eating competence
- ecSI 2.0
- Evidence for ecSatter
- Family meals and snacks
- Feed yourself with love and good sense
- Joy of Eating
- Size acceptance
- Treating the Dieting Casualty VISION Workshop
More about feeding
- Follow Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding
- Avoid pressure
- Avoid restriction
- Evitando la Presión
- Children know how much they need to eat
- Family-friendly feeding tips
- How children become competent eaters
- How children learn to eat new food
- Sit-down snacks
- Using “forbidden” food