Feeding Interactions and How They Influence Child Obesity


This is Part 2 of the blog series: Looking at Childhood Obesity through a Different Lens. Here, I take a different look at child weight problems, uncovering fundamental issues that deserve more attention. The interaction between the parent and child during […]

5 Tips for Getting Your Child to Eat (and Love) Fish


Everyone has a fish story.  Mostly, when I hear families talk about their fish story, I hear about struggles with finding a fish dish their child will eat, or the rejections they have experienced as a result of offering fish, […]

“Weight Watchers:” How NOT to Manage Your Child’s Weight

I Hate Broccoli

Last week an article entitled “Weight Watchers” in Vogue written by Dara Lynn Weiss described how she successfully managed her 7 year-old daughter’s weight problem by putting her on a diet. Dara-Lynn Weiss—aka the Tiger Feeder—now has a book deal […]

Confessions (and Insight) from a Reformed “Food Plater”

Fried Chicken Dinner

I confess. I am a reformed “food plater.” In my early years as a mom, I made healthy meals– selecting, cutting, portioning, plating, pouring and serving all meals to my children.  No negative practices like forcing, punishing or bribing my […]

Parent Feeding Practices: Rewarding Kids for Eating

I Hate Broccoli

Welcome to the last installment of our Parent Feeding Practices series, where we look at the tactics parents use to get their kids to eat and how they effect your child’s eating. We’ve covered prompting/pressuring and restricting, and are now […]

Play Restaurant & Get Your Kids to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

play restaurant

Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat enough fruits and veggies?  Do they fill up on every item but vegetables at the dinner table?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on…this post is for […]

The Benefits of Family-Style Meals

Family-style meal

When I was growing up, my mother served our meals “family-style.” We would do the nightly “set the table” with plates, glasses and silverware, and my mother would place our meal components in the center of the table. My father […]

Parent Feeding Practices: Prompting & Pressuring Kids to Eat

Stubborn Toddler

We all want our kids to eat, and we want them to eat well. I haven’t met a parent yet who isn’t looking to improve their kid’s eating habits, tweak the variety of foods they eat or looks to the […]