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Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food

Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food

Jo Cormack



This simple, insightful resource explains how to help children develop a healthy relationship with food. Giving practical guidance on how to support lasting positive eating behaviours in children, it includes valuable information and advice about how to resolve issues including fussy eating, obesity, and special needs related feeding difficulties.
As a pediatric dietitian working with families on a variety of feeding issues, I am so thrilled Jo's book is now available ... I hope to see this timely resource on the desk of each child-minder, preschool and nursery teacher in the UK and beyond.
Natalia Stasenko MS, RD, Feeding Bytes
Comprehensive guidance that will support the personal, social and emotional development of young children ... Both early years professionals and parents would benefit from reading this book.
Emma Bacon, Author of Rebalancing Your Relationship with Food
Jo Cormack's book Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food does just that! [It] makes caring for children easier and more satisfying, and children will eat better for it. It's a win-win.
Jenny McGlothlin MS, CCC-SLP author of Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating
Jo Cormack is a paediatric feeding consultant, registered counsellor, and doctoral student in feeding children at Bishop Grosseteste University. She runs the online blog Emotionally Aware Feeding, and is a mum of three.
If we are to tackle the obesity epidemic and, more importantly, build self-esteem and body confidence, we need to start working with young people from a very early age ... Cormack provides many practical ways to provide this nurturance, offering creative solutions to eating problems in young children and embedding these solutions within the practice of early years professionals. Case studies bring the book to life, making it accessible and very user-friendly. While it is aimed at professionals, I would recommend it to parents too.
Dr Nicola Davies, Health Psychologist, Counsellor, and Author
Only a few books have changed the way I think and Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food is one of them... Before reading it, I honestly thought I knew what I was doing in terms of how to provide food for a child, but Jo Cormack's book has flipped my opinions upside down and enlightened me to perhaps a more sensible and positive approach.
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Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food: A Practical Guide for Early Years Professionals by Jo Cormack 3
Acknowledgements 8
Introduction 9
Section 1: All about a good relationship with food 13
1. What is a positive relationship with food and why does it matter? 14
2. Self-regulation 18
3. The division of responsibility model 23
4. Variety and exposure 28
Section 2: Under pressure 33
5. What is a controlling feeding style? 34
6. Why is being controlling unhelpful? 39
7. Attention and praise 42
8. Who knows best? Learning to trust children 46
Section 3: Food and feelings 49
9. Understanding emotional eating 50
10. Rewarding and punishing with food 53
11. How we talk about food 58
12. Reflecting on your own relationship with food 62
Section 4: Implications for practice: Fostering a positive relationship with food 67
13. Structure 68
14. Content 72
15. Serving family-style 78
16. Staff training 81
Section 5: Your food ethos 87
17. The eating environment 88
18. The social side of eating 93
19. Modelling 97
Section 6: Nutrition and healthy eating 101
20. Healthy eating and the EYFS Framework 102
21. Fun not fear: How to teach about nutrition 105
22. Your food policy 110
Section 7: Working with parents 117
23. Being a team 118
24. Empowering without blaming 123
25. Understanding eating skills 127
26. All about drinking 133
Section 8: What we can do away from the table 137
27. The power of play 138
28. Helping children engage with their food 143
Section 9: A closer look at picky eating 147
29. Picky eating: Is there really a problem? 148
30. What is behind picky eating? 152
31. Core principles when working with picky eaters 157
32. Strategies to help picky eaters 160
Section 10: Special cases 163
33. Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder 164
34. Allergies and intolerances 167
35. Autism Spectrum Disorder 170
36. Sensory processing 174
37. Oral motor skills 177
38. Obesity 180
Section 11: A case study 183
Nurture Early Learning, New Zealand 184
Final thoughts 190
Resources 192
References 195
Notes 200
Index 203
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