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Stop thinking about nutrition and start thinking about your childs eating habits instead.
You already know how to give your kids healthy food. But the hard part is getting them to eat it. After years of research and working with parents, Dina Rose, discovered a powerful truth: When parents focus solely on nutrition, their kidssurprisinglyeat poorly. But when families shift their emphasis to behaviors the skills and habits kids are taughtthey learn to eat right.
Every child can learn to eat wellbut only if you show them how to do it. Dr. Rose describes the three habitsproportion, variety, and moderationall kids need to learn, and gives you clever, practical ways to teach these food skills. All children can learn:
How to confidently explore strange, new foods
How to know when theyre hungry and when theyre full
What to do when they say theyre starving”and about to attend a birthday party
How to branch out from easy-to-like prepackaged kid fare to more mature tastes and textures: savory, tangy, runny, crunchy.
How to engage in open and honest talk about food without yelling I dont like it!”
With It's Not About the Broccoli, you can teach your children how to eat, and give them the skills they need for a lifetime of health and vitality.
"Sociologist Rose takes an innovative approach to children's eating; her premise is that the more parents focus on nutrition, the less healthfully kids eat. The mother of a 12-year-old daughter, Rose points out that most American children eat poorly in spite or perhaps because of what she calls the 'nutrition mindset' of many parents. 'Agony' over nutrition, she asserts, can lead to overeating, picky or junky eating, and stress. Rose presents a thoughtfully crafted plan (the Teaching Approach) to form basic habits that focus on proportion, variety, and moderation. She helps parents identify their own eating hang ups when it comes to feeding their children (i.e. nurturer, food police, nutritionista) and then provides methods of helping children establish habits they can carry into adulthood. 'The Big Fix,' for instance, calls for 'Eating Zones' (times when eating takes place), 'The Rotation Rule' (no food served two days in a row with the exception of milk), and giving children choices. Rose walks readers through her Teaching Approach step-by-step, using scenarios that illustrate issues and hands-on solutions. Creative and clever, Rose comes to the table with a fresh perspective and a practical plan for teaching kids lifelong healthy eating habits. Agent: Betsy Amster, Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Improve your childs diet with unexpected advice: Stop thinking about nutrition and start thinking about behavior instead.
Successful parents teach their children how to eat
. Behaviorattitudes and reactions at mealtimes, snack times, and in the presence of foodis more important than broccoli. As a result of this teaching families have more enjoyable, less stressful mealtimes, and kids eat a wide variety of healthy foods. Dina Rose, a food sociologist and mother, presents the three habits that translate good nutrition into behavior: proportion, variety, and moderation.
Rose describes the mistakes parents should avoid, including:
- Using nutrition to justify poor choices
- Unintentionally teaching bad habits, including overeating and hating certain foods
- Being held hostage to common parental food issues, such as fear of hunger or conflict
Then she shows parents how to teach children behaviors that encourage good habits:
It's Not About the Broccoli
- Eat foods in proportion to their healthy benefits
- Approach a variety of new foods
- Eat in moderation
will show you that consciously teaching the skills that support good eating habits will give your children strong, loving, healthy starts in life.
About the Author
Dina Rose, PhD
, is a sociologist, parent educator and feeding expert with more than 15 years experience in teaching, research and public speaking. She has helped thousands of parents teach their kids to eat right with her innovative approach to parenting. Dina has written for Huffington Post
and Psychology Today
, and maintains an active blog on her website. She lives with her husband and daughter in Hoboken, New Jersey.