How to Feed Fussy Eaters: New Book Helps Parents Establish Family Mealtime Routines
NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia March, 2013 – Most parents are no strangers to the messy family mealtimes that toddlers and young children tend to leave in their wake. Establishing family mealtime routines, albeit usually messy mealtimes, is especially important when parents are unsure of how to feed fussy eaters. Australian mumpreneur, author, and multi-task master Joanne Turner is no stranger when it comes to the struggle of feeding young children at the dinner table, and has released a guidebook which she knows will help other parents manage family mealtimes by offering practical, hands on tips learnt in the trenches of fussy family mealtimes. www.mealtimeswithoutmayhem.com/
“I remember many frustrating mealtimes when my kids would not sit still, or just sat and would not eat their dinner,” says Jo. “My daughter had more willpower and persistence than me so quite often she outlasted my patience – it would make me crazy! I know I could have handled the situation better. Children can do that: they can quite easily tip you over the edge.”
These incidents, where kids act out during family mealtimes are also known as ‘table tantrums’. Joanne says, “There are many reasons for table tantrums. For instance, every family gets to the stage when the kids are no longer toddlers but not yet grown up, and they want to sit up at the family dinner table. When the high chair is too small and the child is too big for a booster seat – but not tall enough to reach the table – family mealtimes can become hard work.”
In her new book, ‘Mealtimes Without Mayhem’, Joanne shares stories and practical advice from a collection of experts on nutrition, children psychology and table manners– even celebrity chefs – on dining with kids and feeding fussy eaters.
The secret, it seems, to feeding fussy eaters is in establishing a family mealtime routine. Starting early helps tame the fussy eaters and prevents table tantrums from becoming a staple in the household. www.mealtimeswithoutmayhem.com/
Food Personality Lyndey Milan shares: “The thing is, mealtimes aren’t a battleground! It should be a time of peace and respite from the day. If you have kids who are difficult eaters, the best thing you can do is to get them involved in the cooking, even in a very small way. And what you’ve got to do then is you’ve got to give them a guaranteed outcome. You can’t have children cooking and cooking up a disaster, unless they’re doing it completely on their own, and you shouldn’t stop that either. You need to encourage them by knowing that what they’re going to cook is going to turn out quite well.”
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- Jo Turner
- Author, Mumpreneur and Multi-task Master
- Mealtimes Without Mayhem
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