Thursday Tips: How Positive Praise Works At Mealtimes!

Positive Praise works!Positive praise is attention. Attention makes us feel connected, which we need and crave as human beings. We want to be seen, heard and acknowledged. Kids especially want the kind of acknowledgement attention brings and, often, negative attention is better than no attention!

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Give Green Peas A Chance–3 Fun Ways To Play!

Give Peas A Chance

Peas are a great green veggie for kids to explore! They’re perfect for little fingers to pinch and pick up and there are infinite ways to play with them to become comfortable enough to gobble them up, too! Below are 3 fun ways to play with peas to get your imagination going. Continue reading

Thursday Tips: The Best (Guilt-free) Mealtime Advice Ever!

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Once, at a therapy visit in a family’s home, a nutritionist I worked with laid out mealtime responsibilities so perfectly that I find myself sharing her simple wisdom almost daily. Here it is:  Continue reading

Learn To Love Food Has Moved!

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You guys!!! All of the fun, food activities and feeding tips you love are still available at learntolovefood.com, but the website has moved to a new host. That’s going to make it possible to offer food fun and information in all sorts of new ways  (spoiler: I’m SUPER excited to start building a library of resources for you all)!!!

Figuring out all of these changes is taking a whole lot of coffee and a whole lot of love, but I truly believe they’re going to be so worth it!

The move also means that you may need to re-subscribe by clicking the button in the right-hand column or typing in your e-mail address to continue receiving updates on posts and all the fun new developments.

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Love, love, love (coffee!) and happy food play!

Create Positive Memories To Help Kids Try New Foods!

Create Positive Memories To Help Kids Try New Foods

Negative memories or associations with smells or tastes can keep us from trying foods and make us immediately say “I don’t like it.” The way to reverse that instinct (and it is a hard-wired instinct that helps to keep our bodies safe) is to create positive memories and associations with foods.

We create positive memories during positive play, when we’re having fun, feeling calm, relaxed and joyful, and we try new things when we’re curious rather than fearful. The point of this kind of positive play is to gain a comfort level with foods on different sensory levels and to connect the sensations of foods to positive feelings.

Below are 4 ways to create positive memories with food play to help kids try new foods. Enjoy! Continue reading