Books for Kids

Tricks For Picky Eaters – Why they don’t work

Parents, if there is one piece advice I wish you would follow it’s this: Tricks for picky eaters don’t work. My picky eater recently discovered he likes fresh spinach with ranch dressing. He won’t take it cooked on pizza or mixed in with pasta, but if I set aside a few fresh leaves on his… Read more »

Is my child eating right?

As a parent, I often wonder, ‘is my child eating right?’ Is my 8 year-old getting enough calcium? Is my 5 year-old getting enough fruits and vegetables? Is my 3 year-old getting enough protein? In our house, I’m not exactly worried about the amount of food they eat. They eat a lot. But are they… Read more »

Choosing the Right Format (For Picky Eaters!)

  There are lots of ways to help picky eaters try new foods. One trick is to introduce food in a different format. My¬†youngest thinks he likes yogurt but he never eats it out of the container. He insists I buy it, but when I serve it in the yogurt cup he takes one bite… Read more »

Gardens: Great Idea for Picky Eaters

                    Even if you live in an apartment with no yard at all, you can grow food in containers and help your picky eater learn to try new foods. I loved reading about a study from Australia that showed school children who participated in gardening and… Read more »

Stick it to Picky Eaters

At the Farm to Table Conference in Pittsburgh last month, I spoke with many parents looking for ways to encourage their children to try new foods. So at my workshop, “Kids’ Tasting Party” I introduced a concept that works wonders for us: serve food on a stick. I taught kids and parents how to make… Read more »

Picky Eaters by Nature?

Is your child genetically a picky eater? At the Farm to Table Conference in Pittsburgh on March 22 and 23, I talked with a lot of parents about their little picky eaters and how My Food Notebook worked for us. We discussed many strategies that help kids try new foods and a big one that… Read more »

Classroom Workshops featuring The Bumpy, Grumpy Road

I love visiting schools and sharing¬†The Bumpy, Grumpy Road with kids. They all understand exactly the challenges that the main character Dylan faces – siblings who borrow their toys, sibling who don’t listen. And they all struggle with how to handle those challenges. I recently spoke with a parent who shared that she wants to… Read more »

Customers Love Customization (& Contests)

Customers love when a product or service can be tailored to their needs. One great way to attract more customers or clients is to be flexible and provide exactly what your client needs without driving yourself crazy. Right from the start, plan how much you can customize your products and services, and keep an open… Read more »

How does your (picky) eater amaze you?

Though my picky eater is picky enough to refuse link sausage and only eat patty sausage, there are some surprising things he will eat. Eggplant with ketchup and smoked salmon are two rather surprising favorites of his! This article from Parents magazine highlights another eclectic mix of foods that kids will eat even when they… Read more »