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The Top Five Busy Mom Things to Do

Dear Mom,

In this report, I want to show you there is hope for your desire to have healthy children. You can change how you handle your fussy eater or your overeater. I look forward to helping you along the journey to having healthier eaters as you continue to be the best mom you can be!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Fuller, PH.D. Surgeon of the Subconscious

This information in this report is for education purposes only.

Our children do follow in our footsteps.

The Top Five Busy Mom’s Things to Do for Solving Your Kids’ Eating
Fussy eaters are unwilling to eat many different familiar foods—is reportedly not so much a personality characteristic as a development from life experiences. This pickiness could reflect a genuine dislike of the scorned foods or an effort to resist parental attempts at control. In the new study, children who scored high as picky eaters were more likely to have mothers who felt they did not have enough time to eat healthfully and lacked a variety of vegetables in their own diets. Not to feel guilty, mom. It’s never too late to change and the following will help.

1. Look for information to help you become more aware. Like this new study, combined with past research, suggests the following advice: Children will NOT grow out of picky eating. This means adding a wide variety of foods when your kids are young. Food kids like or don’t like doesn’t change much from the age of two or three to age eight. Know that new foods are often more likely accepted at age two to four than at four to eight.

2. To establish the love of good eating, find quick ways to serve a variety of fruits and vegetables that benefit everyone in the family. This is the one specific goal that you can set and the most important goal of all. Surprisingly, babies are often offered more vegetables as baby food than they receive as toddlers. Later, vegetables are often restricted by dislikes of mothers and other family members. You may have complaints that preparing vegetables, but choose to change your attitude. Choose to prepare the family’s meals with love not with complaints. And let go of the unfounded beliefs that children don’t eat particular foods.      
3. To set a good example for your children’s tastes, let them watch you enjoying many different healthful foods. In one study, if caregivers ate foods without comment, the positive impact was much less than when they enthusiastically consumed the foods. Children are known to model or copy what they see their caretakers do. So show enthusiasm for eating a variety of healthy foods.

4. To decrease the chance of picky eating, let go of the need to control mealtimes and let go of the meal becoming a power struggle. Mom’s you may be afraid for your children’s health. However, behavior scientists see control issues promoting picky eating at least, in some children. If your child has a protein, a vegetable, and a piece of fruit a day that’s enough and then let go of worry. You can also divide the food responsibility:

  • Parents and caregivers can: decide what foods are offered and when.
  • Kids can have the responsibility for deciding how much to eat.
This teaches them to use internal hunger signals to eat only what they need – something many adults raised in the “clean your plate” style find difficult and a factor in addressing the obesity issue in today’s children.

5. Finally, as you choose to follow through on all these ideas, be patient. Do what you can for them. Then make sure their fussiness is not keeping you from healthy eating. And allow for unique differences of personalities and personal food choices, as well as normal childhood behaviors that kids will outgrow. Many of the values you model as parents may not appear to be part of your child’s choice until their mid twenties. So be patient and keep your faith and your values. Plus mom, you may drop some weight by modeling eating more fruits and vegetables. How good is that for you?

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