Focus on Family Meals

Focus on Family Meals

When it's mealtime with your children, whether it be a family meal or just getting them fed dinner before a hangry meltdown happens, where is the focus? If you're anything like most parents, it's on your child's eating.

Even families without fussy eaters tend to praise children for eating well, chide them for eating what they consider to be too little or urging another mouthful. This is totally understandable - after all, as a parent, one of your main jobs is to keep your children well nourished. This tends to backfire unfortunately.

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Intuitive Eating for Kids

Intuitive Eating for Kids

Why do you eat? If you’re like most people, for plenty of reasons I imagine: to be social, it’s breakfast time/ lunch time/ dinner time, you’re bored, you’re tired…More often than not, hunger isn’t the main driver of our eating and we don’t always recognise when we’re full. Human bodies have exquisitely designed systems which tell us when we need food and when we should stop eating, so why is this?

One of the reasons is that over time, most children are taught to prioritise external cues for eating over their own innate feelings of hunger or lack thereof. There are a number of problems with this but the main one is that if we don’t teach children how to recognise hunger and fullness then the habit of overeating can become problem that is a lifelong struggle to overcome. Hunger and fullness don’t make as much noise as the school bell and social cues may be many times more pressing than our own intuition.

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