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if you read my recent review about Milton the Mealtime Companion then you will know we have had more than our fair share of picky eating to deal with. My youngest son, Apollo, had a feeding tube from the age of 22 months until he was six and a half. Eating has never come easy for Apollo.
Whether it was breastfeeding or solids, he struggled.
Now at age six and a half Apollo no longer has a feeding tube and has a list of foods that he loves to eat. He has gone from a non-eater to a picky-eater. We also have a 14-year-old son with special needs who has a very narrow diet.
If you are the parent of a picky eater I have good news for you. The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes by Natalie Digate Muth and Sally Sampson has solid answers to help your picky eater become a more adventurous eater.
The Picky Eater Project is a six-week adventure into better eating. Each week new skills are learned by both parent and child. This is a step-by-step guide that will help you parent your picky eater with confidence.
The six weeks include:
Week 1: Picky-Free Parenting
Week 2: A Kitchen Revolution
Week 3: The Little Cook
Week 4: A Shopping Adventure
Week 5: Family Mini-Feast
Week 6: It Takes a Village
It also includes a chapter on what to do once you’ve finished the program and what to do if you are still having significant challenges once you have completed the program.
The program works by having you choose one or two goals for the week.
Then you pick 2-3 specific actions to help you meet those goals.
You come up with a plan to make those actions work.
Follow the plan.
Check in on your goals.
And make any adjustment needed.
One thing that stood out to me is rule two of the PIcky-Free Parenting which is, “As parents, we will decide what foods are offered, when, and where. As kids, we will decide, of the food that is offered, what we will eat and how much”. This is part of what Ellyn Satter calls the division of responsibility in eating and is exactly what we were taught to do down at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Feeding Clinic.
This book is an excellent resource for any family dealing with a picky eater. I would personally recommend it to anyone dealing with picky eating.
Also, be sure and check out my post Resources to Help Your Picky Eater.