Ponder the "division of responsibility" between a parent and a child when it comes to meal time. I love it. I live it. I recommend it. Taking the power struggle away from the food sounds like a fabulous idea, doesn't it?
While I was blessed with a fairly easy eater, the normal development of his personality led him to have…opinions. Preferences. Dislikes. And his primary dislike around food was – horror of horrors – fruit!
As a nutritionist who specializes in the care and treatment of individuals with eating disorders, the concept of intuitive eating comes up often. Intuitive eating is a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more internally attuned to the body's signals is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight and relationship to food, rather than using external cues to control how much one eats.
Going into pregnancy, labor, and delivery I read everything I could get my hands on about “life with a newborn”. However there really is no way to describe the emotional roller coaster you go through until you experience it yourself. With that being said, self-care is so important during this time and nutrition is one of the most important self-care aspects (in my dietitian opinion of course).
Let’s be honest, a lot of social activities – both for children AND adults – involve food. Birthday parties? Pizza and cake. Sleepovers? Dinner (and a pancake breakfast the next morning!). Playdates after school? Snack time. For picky eaters, who experience anxiety around new or unfamiliar foods, these fun, innocuous events may be perceived as threatening and unappealing, and thus avoided.