I just finished reading “The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution” by, Elizabeth Pantley. It is seriously one of the best informational parenting books I’ve read in a long time. It came at the perfect time for me to read too! My 4-year old son has never been a good eater, and lately it has been getting worse. All he seems to do is ask for sweets or starve himself. It’s been super frustrating, and I feel like I’ve been failing as a parent. A big THANK YOU to Elizabeth Pantley for making me feel better and to give me strategies to deal with picky eaters. It was nice to hear that I am not alone, and that my child and I are both “normal.” There are many other parents out there that are dealing with my same issues, feel my same guilt, and it was nice to learn that a lot of it could be a natural instinct for my son to gravitate towards these sweeter foods (although apparently it didn’t help that I craved sweets and indulged while pregnant with him). Here are my favorite things about “The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution”:
1. The book gives you some background at why kids can be picky eaters.
2. The book helps you to understand if your child is a typical picky eater or something more serious.
3. The book gives you facts about eating and about foods with listed solutions.
4. The book describes the “fundamental four” when dealing with picky eaters: Attitude, Environment, Amounts, and Rules.
5. The “Rules” section is great! It lists the rule, if you should break it or keep it, and tips about the rule.
6. The book has tricks and tips to get picky eaters to eat! Here’s the one I am trying this week (as my son is addicted to PB&J):
“Begin by replacing one slice of bread with whole wheat, keeping the other slice white. Place the sandwich on the plate with the white bread on top. Over time, experiment with replacing both pieces of white bread with whole wheat bread.” Pantley then goes on to explain replacing the peanut butter and jelly portions with healthier alternatives. Such a great idea and a slow transition that will be easier for the kids.
7. There is a list of healthier alternatives for food that is not-so-healthy. Pantley says not to use words like fat and junk food. She says it’s best to state things positively to kids about food, such as “Once you are finished with your healthy meal you may have a dessert” instead of “No junk food until you eat that healthy food.”
8. LOVE “The Experts’ Favorites” section at the back of the book! It has wonderful recipes for kid-friendly healthy meals. Yes, there are even yummy desserts!!!
This book is my new GO-TO parenting book! I will be keeping it in the kitchen to refer back to! I will also be setting a good example to my kids by eating healthy and having all of us sit down together at the table for meals. It’s a hard thing to do with our hectic schedule, but Pantley emphasizes how helpful this is for healthy eating. We will try our best! Kids learn from parents!
You can get a copy as well. It’s a must have for any parent who is dealing with a picky eater (and there are more out there dealing with this issue than I even realized). Here’s how to get a copy:
1. WIN this awesome book in my giveaway! The author, Elizabeth Pantley, will send you a signed copy of this book that was just published this month! The more you do on the Rafflecopter the more chances you will have to win!
2. Go to the “What’s Mommy Reading?” section on the right sidebar. You can click on it and order it directly through Amazon there! ON SALE right now!!! 35% off!!!