Parenting strategies for mealtimes can be hard to navigate and even stick too. Pressure to eat is one of the drivers of continued fussy eating behaviours. Learn the language hacks ALL parents should know in this easy to follow 1hr course and as Johnny Farnham always says “Take the Pressure Down”.
What is pressure at mealtimes?
Pressure is found as negative comments that are known as positive punishment – when we add comments onto a situation in order to deliver a message that behaviour was unacceptable. An example of positive punishment – “You are making mummy sad by not eating those peas”.
Pressure is also found at mealtimes in positive reinforcement – when we add praise onto a situation in order to deliver a message that behaviour was acceptable. For example “Yay, good girl you ate those peas and made mummy happy!”
What could be “wrong” about positive reinforcement? In a learning environment positive reinforcement is very important. However, when anxiety (as so often is with fussy eaters) is in the mix the type of positive reinforcement can back fire due to the associated pressure with adding it onto an already stressful situation.
So, how do we really talk about food with our kids? How do we encourage learning about the different properties that different foods have? What strategies can we have?
Join Simone (SOS feeding therapy) and Meg (Accredited Practicing Dietitian) as we deliver an informative, evidence based video giving you lots of options for your parenting tool box.
- How to encourage learning about food without pressure
- Boundaries you can set around when to talk about food
- Food anxiety triggers and ways to avoid building more walls to foods
1) Making your “You can…” Jar (printable and video instructions)
2) Activity book full on non-mealtime food exposure ideas – giving you the best language outcomes and tools for root cause analysis.
You have lifetime access to the 1 hour video and bonus materials.