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This post is about carrots, but it could have just as easily been about peas. Or watermelon. Exploring food is so counterintuitive. Usually we focus on eating. And when we do get around to exploring, most of us, myself included, can only readily think about the obvious. You might think of touching a carrot peel, […]

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How many times have you asked (told?) your child not to touch something? Don’t Touch! You know the drill. You’re in a store and your child reaches for the vase, the trinket, the plate…basically anything breakable. Don’t touch would be right up there with Say please.  It took about 10 minutes to change my daughter from […]

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I can’t stand it when kids ignore me. Am I alone here? Anyone out there just love talking to the wall? Get a thrill when their kids ignore them? Two common explanations for why kids ignore their parents (and other adults) are true, but they’re incomplete. Not responding gives children a sense of power and […]

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How do I add variety to my child’s diet? If you want to stop asking this question, sign up for my new online course. I’ve been promising one for years, I know. But it’s finally here. I am thrilled to announce the launch of Foundations for Change 101: Using the Rotation Rule. This course will […]

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Don’t ask your kids to eat new foods. That’s the secret. Yes, some kids will dig right into something new, but if that’s not your experience, try this: Ask your children to explore new foods. Might not seem like a big difference, but it’s huge. This was the main point of my last post. Exploring […]

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It’s not just tomatoes. My child will never eat a pea. Or an apple. Or chicken. My advice? Stop trying to get your child to eat a tomato, but don’t stop teaching your child about tomatoes. Confused? Let me explain. You probably know that it can take exposing your child to tomatoes 8-10 before he’ll eat […]

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Eating habits. Not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Stay with me here for a minute as I explain. At least three values are associated with MLK Day and they all have implications for eating habits. Justice Inclusion Compassion Justice In the social world, […]

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You just have to live with it. That’s the message I hear when health professionals say Picky eating is normal. Yes, it’s true, some form of picky eating is normal. It’s a developmental stage. So are food jags. Does that mean you just have to live with it? You know what else is normal? Separation […]

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Statistically speaking, we’ll all fall of the Wellness Wagon by February. Resolutions be damned. Everyone knows that New Year’s Resolutions are hard to keep. It doesn’t matter whether those resolutions are for yourself, or for your kids. You know what I mean. Second to I’m going to eat better this year is I’m going to get […]

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Like all mothers, I want my daughter to have a happy and healthy relationship with food. Forget new earrings. New boots. Or any of the other gifts my daughter would like to receive! The gift I really want to give my daughter is a happy and healthy relationship with food. (A small birdie tells me […]

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