One of my favorite things about being a speech therapist has always been making materials for kids, and one of my favorite things about writing this blog and adding to the FREE Feeding Resource Library is being able to share materials with so many more kids than I can reach every day in therapy! I’m super excited to share the newest freebie in the FREE Feeding Resource Library: the printable Learn To Love Food Squiggle Fruits Coloring Book! Continue reading
Curiosity is the opposite of fear. When we’re fearful we shut down to new information. When we’re curious, we open to it. 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
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
When we feel like we’re good at something we want to do more of it. It’s that simple, whether it’s sports, music, a subject in school or adventurous eating. Below are 3 simple ways to help boost your child’s confidence around food, because if they feel confident about their skills, they’ll want to keep trying, and when we keep trying at anything we get better and better! Continue reading
This Thursday’s post happens to fall right on my birthday and I want to take this space today to be grateful. Thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of this community that has gathered around Learn To Love Food this past year. Continue reading
When we forgive ourselves we get to feel the benefits of being both the forgiver and the forgiven. We’re with ourselves every moment, so, if we can forgive ourselves for the harsh word, the hurried task, for being human, we can drastically lighten the load of criticism we walk around with every day. Continue reading
Kids imitate what we do, what we say and also, in many ways, how we feel. When we’re positive they’re usually pretty positive, and when we’re negative, they pick up on it and start acting the same way. But being positive doesn’t just happen. It’s not something that some people are and some people aren’t. It’s a way of thinking we have to cultivate. So, Continue reading
Thinking positive thoughts and saying positive phrases are great concrete ways to start towards that big, vague goal of positivity. Our thoughts have been shown to change our brains: their structure and how they work; and positive thoughts or affirmations have been shown to increase problem-solving ability and shape positive attitudes!