This is the final post in my From Picky to Powerful Series
After a weekend of formatting, staying up late and acting cranky to those around me, my first self-published is available: From Picky to Powerful: The Mindset, Strategies, and Know-How You Need to Empower Your Picky Eater
I’ve been writing about picky eating since I started this blog over 5 years ago. It’s a topic near and dear to my heart. I really feel for the parents who struggle with feeding and the kids who struggle with eating.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I describe in the book as the “Picky Eating Problem” Problem. I’m not talking about kids being picky, I’m talking about the perception that picky eating is bad, something that needs to be fixed, or a parent’s fault. As you’ve heard me say before, picky eating is actually a normal part of development that varies from child to child. Unless it’s caused by an underlying issue, it really isn’t a problem. With the right circumstances and support, all kids gradually expand their palate the same way they learn to read or write.
When parents view picky eating as bad (which isn’t their fault as the book explains) it trickles down to the atmosphere at the table. This leads to pressuring kids to eat, making them take a certain number of bites, eating X (healthy food) before they can have dessert or short-order cooking. This sends kids the message that they cannot learn and grow with food. In fact, many children feel they just aren’t good at eating.
From Picky to Powerful helps parents see picky eating as a powerful force. As I write about on Parents.com, there are real advantages to having a picky eater. Changing the perception from negative to positive will transform the family table. Parents stop blaming themselves. Kids feel relaxed. Expectations around eating go up, while the pressure goes way down. The underlying anxiety everyone feels around the table disappears. Who wouldn’t eat better under those circumstances? (and cook better too, but that’s for another book)
This book includes information from this series along with new content, expert interviews, key recipes, and inspiring stories from moms who have been there and come out on the other side. I’m proud of it. But most importantly, I think it will help parents get over this huge hump that makes feeding and eating stress rather than a joy.
Thanks again for all your support!
Posts Included in the Series:
1. What to do When Picky Eating Doesn’t Get Better (Intro)
2. The Most Overlooked Reasons Kids Stay Picky Eaters
3. How to Tell if Picky Eating is Normal, or Not
4. How to Tell if Pressure is the Culprit
5. Five Small Changes that Can Make Picky Eating Much Better
6. The 10 Golden Rules for Exposing Kids to Food
7. Introducing my New Book: From Picky to Powerful