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Getting the Little Blighters to Eat: Change your children from fussy eaters into foodies. [Paperback]

Claire Potter
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Book Description

18 July 2013
Does your child decide they don't like a food before they've even tried it? Do they say 'Yuk' to foods they used to eat happily? Would they live off chips and ice-cream and never touch a vegetable again if given the chance? Are mealtimes driving you nuts?

It's easy to think that children are naturally just fussy eaters. Yet, without realizing it, we are actually creating many of the problems ourselves with the things we do and say to our children around food. The right thing to do isn't always as obvious or as instinctive as you might think. Common habits like using pudding as a reward for eating the main course, or pestering them to eat their vegetables, actually encourage - not discourage - fussy eating!

This little book tells you how to start again. It won't give you complicated child-friendly recipes or clever ways to sneak vegetables into meals - just easy-to-follow, easy-to-remember rules to help re-programme your child into a happy, healthy, adventurous eater.

Recommended by a leading NHS Specialist Paediatric Dietician.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Featherstone Education (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408190745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408190746
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claire Potter is a freelance educational writer and mother of two. After some traumatic childhood experiences round the family dinner table, she set herself a parenting challenge: To create children who were non-fussy eaters and saw all food - not just chips and ice-cream - as one of life's biggest pleasures. So she had a big think and came up with a cunning plan. It worked. She now has a couple of happy, healthy, adventurous eaters: Her son was more than happy to tuck into fried wood pigeon's heart on a bushcraft course and her daughter's favourite snack is...hold your nose...dried squid. After teaming up with a specialist paediatric dietician, who works with extreme fussy eaters on a daily basis, Claire's methods have now been verified and she shares her secrets.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Me and my little blighter get this 26 Sep 2013
By JenT
A very quick, but highly convincing read about how so many of us get into a mess with our kids and food and how to sort it. In the month since I've read it, like other reviewers, I've found that it's helped to put the control back in my hands and reduce the constant, annoying-on-both-sides conflict I have with my daughter at the table, and makes mealtimes a much more pleasurable affair. I'm not sure she's quite a foodie yet (but then frankly, neither am I) but she's a lot more open-minded about trying new things, and I'm less anxious about preparing food to then be chucked away (after much arm-wrestling). I don't often write reviews, but this has had such a positive effect in our house that I thought I ought to share it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last, the pressure is off! 25 Sep 2013
The message I received, loud and clear, from Claire Potter's book, is, It's Ok! It's ok that kids don't clear their plates, it's ok that they really, really don't like beetroot, it's ok to eat with your fingers, try peanut butter, have a sip of beer! Above all, it's ok to set aside all the worry and prejudices passed down to us by our parents. It is even ok to forgive them because theirs was a different time! There ARE rules in this book - don't get me wrong - but they are clear, concise and if you follow them, you will succeed. Mealtimes will be less fraught. The nuggets of wisdom and the 'sciency bits' will empower you and the fun ideas come just often enough to enthuse you without feeling like a failure if you don't want to bother. I don't feel I am failing where feeding my kids is concerned anymore - because I know I am succeeding when my 6 year old spits an olive out into my hand!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful advice, whatever age your children 8 May 2014
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We have a very fussy 13 yr old and, after reading this it was clear that it all went wrong years ago! However, the general concepts are still helpful especially around not focusing on the 'not-eating', and he is not complaining as much when a less familiar food appears. Wish I had had this book a long time ago though.
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I loved this book, no recipes just straight clarification of what we instinctively know is right but hels to have it formulated into a book like this! I loved it and worked a treat just at the time my 6 month old started weaning so we all eat the same meal no more cooking multiple meals!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good 24 Aug 2013
I really really like this book and feel it has been so helpful already. It all makes so much sense, but it's so good to have it all written down, because it's so easy to do all the things that are unhelpful. We had a lovely lunch today - healthy, no comments about eating, and good conversation . We've also been finding that although the children may initially complain about the food, when we don't focus on that or on whether they are eating or not, after a little while, during the meal they have eaten some of it and even liked it. It really feels like my partner and I can take the control back about what we provide, and can give the control back to the children about what they eat. I'm sure we'll all be much happier. I think it is great and revolutionary for today where almost everyone, perhaps even particularly sensitive parents, seem to struggle about food. It also seems that the book is applying to food what would make sense with a lot of areas of parenting; being clear who is in control of what which is about limits and boundaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 29 May 2014
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Great book easy reading. Very helpful advice making meal times a more enjoyable experience. Highly recommend this book to parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great help 6 May 2014
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I bought this for my daughter in law who always looks for ways of improving her wonderful care for my grandson! She told me she enjoyed it and found it very helpful with some great advise
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Such a good read with top tips for taking the stress out of kids' meal times. Great Mum to Mum advice - feels like you're getting help from a friend. Would really recommend this to all parents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book
Love this book . Borrowed it from the library and kept on and on renewing it because I didn't want to give it back....... Takes the stress out of non-eating . Read more
Published 21 days ago by joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, to the point, and effective.
Broken down into quick, bite-sized tips, this is ideal for busy mums with no time to read. The advice is good and easy to follow.
Published 26 days ago by The Archaeologist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Lovely tone
Never written a review before but am motivated to write one after reading this book. Excellent! Lovely tone, clear, easy to read, clear, funny and convincing. Buy it now!
Published 1 month ago by Victoria Neeve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic book get it, read it, do it. works like a dream no more stressing over mealtimes.
Published 1 month ago by di smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A really helpful no nonsense book
This book is a really great little book that you can read through in half and hour. The information it included has really helped me to kick start a much better way of eating in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by N. Phelan
5.0 out of 5 stars keeps me on my toes
I reckon a huge amount of this is common sense but reading through this helps it to fall into place and does make you notice when you fall into one of the traps. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SouthernJessie
5.0 out of 5 stars getting the little blighters to eat
What a refreshing book to read. I has taken so much stress out of trying to feed my children healthly food, they now enjoy their food more and appreciate a mum who is far more... Read more
Published 11 months ago by HMM
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
Bought this book a couple of weeks ago.Took me just under an hour to read and digest(!) but it's helped a lot. Now, once the food is on the table, I see it as my job is done. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ivy
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