The Feeding Relationship: Parents & Children
I just got back from serving on a health panel at my church here in Cambridge. I thoroughly enjoyed talking about my topic of choice (food and nutrition) for two hours. While there was a wide variety of questions that I addressed, a common theme focused on the feeding relationship between parents and children. While my practice focuses primarily on adult nutrition, I have been amazed to see how our grown-up feelings, attitudes, and behaviors about food stem from our interactions with food as children.
Nearly all parents care deeply about the heatlh and well-being of their kids. But as most parents have experienced, dinner time can turn into a source of anxiety and frustration as you try to feed your family well. Even the most well-intentioned parent can find themselves engaging in a power struggle, battling over broccoli and cookies.
Ellyn Satter is a Registered Dietitian specializing in teaching people how to feed a healthy family. I highly recommend visiting her website. And if this topic interests you, check out her book “How to Get Your Kid to Eat…But Not Too Much.” She provides a wealth of knowledge and gives you the tools you need to raise a healthy family….without the dinner time battles.