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!
The gorgeous green of spring and St. Patty’s Day got me thinking about the classic dilemma of kids refusing green foods. Why is this? And what can we do about it? Continue reading
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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
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
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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
Spring has sprung here in Austin! Fig leaves are unfurling. Tight pomegranate buds are almost ready to bloom and mint is taking over my herb garden with a burst of early strength. Continue reading
Taste is simple and extremely complex. It is binary–I like it or I don’t–and infinitely nuanced. Continue reading
Sometimes all you need for food play is a simple cookie cutter and your imagination! In honor of the full moon today, I made one out of cheddar cheese. Continue reading