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Why won’t my child eat?

Why won’t my child eat?

Do you worry that your child does not eat enough? Have you heard people say that a child will eat if they’re hungry enough? That surely, they won’t starve themselves? But what happens when a child does ‘starve’ themselves to the point that growth becomes affected?...

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A Body Positive Dietitian’s open letter to Educators

A Body Positive Dietitian’s open letter to Educators

Dear Educators, What would you say if I told you that you hold the power to nurture a child’s relationship with food or to damage it? Amongst all the other amazing things you do, you may not have realised that when it’s time to eat, your teaching skills are in most...

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Are family meal times being spoiled by unrealistic expectations? The more families I join with to create happier and more peaceful feeding relationships, the more I realise how unrealistic expectations can derail the best-intentioned family mealtime. Here are 5 common...

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Have you become the food police?

Have you become the food police?

This article was first published in the ACAQ Early Edition, Autumn magazine 2017 and is written for early childhood educators who are caring for young children. Isabelle’s mum, Melissa rushes into the toddler’s room at 5:30pm. “Did Isabelle eat all her food today?”...

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5 reality checks before starting solids with your baby

5 reality checks before starting solids with your baby

If your baby is approaching 6 months old, then get ready to pack your bags for a wondrous food journey. It’s going to be a wild ride! Take a deep breath, keep it simple and read on to find out what you need to know and what you can filter to the wind… Is baby ready?...

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Eating together – making family meals happen

Eating together – making family meals happen

Have family meals become part of history rather than your routine? The research is clear that there are benefits associated with eating together as a family. The major obstacle of sharing a meal together is lack of time as families experience an increasing load of...

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An Aussie Dietitian’s take on Halloween

An Aussie Dietitian’s take on Halloween

Love or hate it, Halloween is upon us again. For some, Halloween may seem to be an unnecessary celebration here in Australia. A night where kids load up on as many sweets and lollies as they can possibly manage whilst they really have no idea what Halloween is about....

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A meaty question – Why won’t my child eat meat?

A meaty question – Why won’t my child eat meat?

How do we help kids learn to eat meat? I’ve been asked this question over and over by many a frustrated parent, carer and early childhood educator. Meat is one of the most difficult foods to learn how to chew and eat. It is a “hard mechanical” food that requires a...

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5 things your kids want to hear from you at dinner time

5 things your kids want to hear from you at dinner time

Want to create mealtime harmony? Kids Dig Food dietitians enjoy helping families create positive family mealtimes. Often when clients first meet us, they are a bit surprised at what may seem at the beginning to be letting kids “do what they like” with food. What is...

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Food products marketed to kids… how healthy are they?

Food products marketed to kids… how healthy are they?

A couple of years ago, I undertook a research project looking at supermarket food products that are specifically marketed or ‘designed’ for children. The results of this study were recently published and I would like to share some of the key findings with you....

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Defining Fussy

Defining Fussy

My daughter was very young when I decided I had a picky eater on my hands. From the very moment I introduced solids at 6 months of age things didn’t go smoothly. While the other children in my mother’s group were gobbling yoghurt and pureed pumpkin by the bucket load,...

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Choose your own food adventure

Choose your own food adventure

It’s winter school holiday time and hopefully you’ll be getting a little time to spend with your little (and perhaps big) kids. In my 15+ years as a Dietitian I’ve learned that quite often kids learn the BEST lessons about food away from the dinner table or the family...

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Do you have a fussy eater or a problem feeder?

Do you have a fussy eater or a problem feeder?

Do you have picky eater? If you’re constantly comparing your child with the kid who “eats everything” then it may seem as if you do. The truth is, some of the most frustrating and (as a parent) worrying things about how kids eat are quite typical. Most are nothing to...

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Handling food critics at your table

Handling food critics at your table

I’ll be honest, sometimes I don’t cope well with criticism at the dinner table. Criticism of what’s been prepared that is. It often seems that mealtimes are either triumphant successes or abject failures. If I’m having a particularly bad day, just one “Yuck” can make...

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