We’re getting personal today. We are going to spend some time talking about YOUR relationship with food and how that might be affecting how you feed your kiddos. I can’t tell you how many parents I’ve met who have this sense of impending doom that they will “screw up their kids” with their own hang-ups about eating or body image. Before you immediately start judging, blaming, and shaming yourself, PLEASE know that we ALL have our own hang-ups…even (maybe especially) dietitians! And no parent will be perfect. But we want to learn, and grow, and do the very best we can to raise our kids well.
Here it is:
Maybe you have been a chronic dieter and, for you, food is a cause of stress and anxiety. The last thing you want for your kids is for them to deal with the same body image, restrictive eating, out-of-control eating (or whatever other) issues you have dealt with in your own life.
Maybe you tend to be a picky eater yourself, so to you the idea of your child actually eating and enjoying a variety of foods feels impossible.
Maybe your child is strong-willed and mealtimes have become a battleground.
Here are some tips and thoughts to help:
This isn't going to be perfect and it doesn't need to be. Remember, if you are loving your child and caring for their needs, you are doing SO well. You've got this.
My name is Emily Funcik, and I am a registered and licensed dietitian in Charleston, SC. I am also a stay-at-home mama, a wife, a foodie, and a dancer. I have a passion for healthy living, entertaining, and a deep-rooted loved of all things delicious.
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