The Child Feeding Book Every Parent Needs
Several years ago I wrote about the best book about feeding kids to come around in a very long time: Fearless Feeding. It’s written by two colleagues who have just published an updated version of their inimitable resource, Here’s the great news: I’m giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Below you’ll find my review of the book. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below sharing your biggest feeding success or challenge. Deadline for entries is Sunday March 10 at midnight PST. You must be 18 years or older and live in the United States to win.
I haven’t been as excited by a book as I am about Fearless Feeding since the fifth grade when I got my hands on Judy Blume’s tween classic Are you there God, it’s me, Margaret. The only downside of the fact that I’m giving away a copy is that I’ll no longer have one for myself, which means I’m going to have to go out and buy another.
Sure, I have expertise in family nutrition and a degree in nutrition, but I still need this book. It’s the best thing to come along on the subject of raising healthy eaters in a very long time.
Written by Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen, two pediatric dietitians who have six children between them, the book addresses a broad range of issues around feeding kids from infancy through the teen years. The initial chapters give advice on everything from nutrition, to real life challenges, and recipes based on age and stage. The latter part of the book deals with additional issues such as food allergies, picky eaters, weight concerns, and eating disorders. Importantly, the authors also address the “baggage” we as parents bring to the dinner table in the excellent chapter titled, The Parent Trap: How to Break Free from Your Food History and Attitudes.
Feeding kids is one of the most challenging aspects of child rearing, right up there with sleep and discipline. Parents need support, ideas, trouble shooting, guidance, hand-holding, and cheerleading. This book has it all. And while it’s based on sound research, the delivery never strikes a clinical note. It’s approachable, practical, and relatable. It’s the book I wish I had since the day my first child landed in my arms. You can learn more about Fearless Feeding here and pick up a copy of the updated version by heading here.