You are amazing at feeding your child
You are the best person at feeding your child
Your ability to know how they are feeling is like no one elses
You pick them up when they feel down
You hold back your own tears when they need to cry
You know the world is hard for them to deal with sometimes
You hold their hand along the way (even if it isn’t physically)
You help them learn so many new tasks
– like investigating what a sliver of plum tastes like wrapped in spinach leaves
You are their favourite
You have not caused them to only eat a few foods
You have not caused them to fear vegetables
You have not made eating one of the hardest things our body has to learn (it just is)
You have helped them develop into busy little things that love to play, jump and imagine
You have not caused them to be fussy eaters
You don’t need criticism
You don’t need stress
You don’t need to be told not to stress
You have the right to be happy
You have the right to choose your parenting tools
You just need a cheerleader – you need to be your cheerleader
You are doing a great job
– Simone Emery
This is a 20 minute virtual interview with Erin from Recipe Roadtest regarding my feeding therapy approach to problem feeding. If you are unsure if your child is a problem feeder or a picky (fussy) eater, please see this blog post.
1. What are your views on a behavioral approach with many exposures and rewards? Can they work with children with food phobias?
2. Does Division Of Responsibility eventually work for children with food phobias?
3. What are your thoughts on hypnotherapy for children under 5?
4. What do you think are the best approaches to get children with food phobias and very restrictive lists of “safe foods” to eat healthily, and to try new foods?
5. How can I balance food and eating needs across the family, and make sure younger children don’t copy my child with selective eating?
6. How can I explain my child’s selective eating and food aversions or phobias to people so that they will get it? Even my husband doesn’t really understand.
7. What do you recommend for children who seem to have no hunger, and simply don’t want to eat? Are appetite increasers good or bad?
8. Are anti-anxiety medications recommended to help combat the anxiety or fear of trying new foods?
Do you have any questions about feeding therapy?
If you are unsure about the root cause of your child’s feeding issues, please seek further assistance. You can get great parenting tools to help you along the way. You are not the root cause.