Eat and feed with joy

The Ellyn Satter Institute blog

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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Feeding children with ADHD

Feeding children with ADHD

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...

Making parents anxious

Making parents anxious

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...

How long should kids stay at the table?

How long should kids stay at the table?

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...

Never Diet Again

Never Diet Again

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....

Would you like to get your evening back?

Would you like to get your evening back?

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...

Are you a competent eater?

Are you a competent eater?

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...

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