Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD is a mom of two, registered dietitian, and co-creator of the Fearless Feeding Community in preparation for her first book due out next year. Maryann is also founder and creator of Raise Healthy Eaters and blogs at WebMD’s Real Life Nutrition.
As parents, we often define feeding success by the number of foods children eat, especially healthy items. Not only is this definition of success limited, it leaves most parents filled with guilt because children are still learning about food.
As a dietitian and family nutrition expert, I want to introduce you to a whole new way at looking at successful feeding by sharing 5 secrets. This outlook will not only empower you, it just might make you a more confident feeder.
1. Think of your child as a future adult.
How and what parents feed children has a lasting impact on how they will eat into adulthood. For example, if food is constantly used as a reward, children are much more likely to reward themselves with food as an adult. If they are always being nagged to eat veggies, they probably won’t choose veggies when out on their own.
Always think about how the way you feed today impacts your child for life, when they are making choices on their own.