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War & Peas: Emotionally Aware Feeding - end the battle with picky eaters [Paperback]

Jo Cormack
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8 Jan 2014
If you are worried about your child’s picky eating, War & Peas has the answers you need. Therapist Jo Cormack turns conventional parenting techniques on their head, introducing readers to EAF (emotionally aware feeding). This is not a book about what to feed children, but how. EAF is a simple approach based on research and psychological theory. It will revolutionise the way you look at mealtimes and give you clear principles to follow. Once you understand the emotional and behavioural side of picky eating, you’re on the road to making mealtimes happy again. Who the book is for: War & Peas is primarily written for the parents of young children aged 18 months to eight years. It is aimed at families where there are no complex medical reasons for problematic eating but somehow feeding has gone awry.

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Galanthus Press; 1 edition (8 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992771013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992771010
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jo Cormack is a therapist specialising in working with children and adolescents. She is also mum to three daughters and has been a registered foster carer. Her interest in picky eating began when her eldest child was a toddler. Jo noticed striking parallels in the way in which her young daughter and her teenage clients with eating disorders used food to challenge boundaries and strive for control. She began to explore ways of disentangling food from feelings, and EAF was born. Jo blogs about picky eating at http://www.ea-feeding.com .

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fussy eaters beware - we now have the solution! 12 Jan 2014
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At last! Sound, professional advice on how children can build a healthy relationship to food. The best ideas always seem to be simple and here is a concept that appears blindingly obvious but is actually new: Emotionally Aware Feeding. Supported by research and observations within her own and other families, Jo Cormack explains clearly not just how mealtimes don't have to be a battleground but the importance of Emotionally Aware parenting generally, particularly of babies and young children. This alone makes it a must read. I love the conversational language, the technique of putting more detailed information in grey boxes and summarising crucial points at the end of each chapter. I find myself agreeing with her from my own experience and it struck home when I had to admit to having used every one of the 7 methods she lists for encouraging babies and children to eat (chapter 3, appropriately entitled 'Attention, please!') Even if you don't have children, this book will enlighten you on how your own attitude to food developed from infancy. The stress and strong emotions associated with meals when children are overly fussy or reject all attempts to introduce new foods is overwhelming. Emotionally charged mealtimes can become the norm. Now imagine a pleasant, sociable meal with your well behaved children, where they are enjoying their food and the atmosphere is relaxed. This may seem utopian to you now but by applying the techniques and principles from this book you have a hope of achieving it. NO MORE WAR and more peas please! (Note: this is NOT a book about your child's diet/what type of food to serve) War & Peas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 16 Jan 2014
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Short but packed with really practical information. Really liked the summaries - key points are very clear. If like me you're also interested in theoretical background and research evidence - that's also there. Strongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, sensible advice that WORKS! 26 Aug 2014
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At last a book written with common sense that doesn't talk down to parents. Its ridiculously easy to follow and understand and works really well.

As picky eaters go, our son (4) isn't as bad as some children who have very limited diets, but I was looking for something that would help stop the almost nightly cries of "yuk thats gross", as soon as he spotted what was on his plate, as well as refusal to try anything new. This is the only book that has tackled all of those issues and more.

This book goes against the advocates for sticker charts and spending ages creating a smiley face masterpiece on a plate - thank goodness. Rewarding a child for eating wasn't something that sat well with me and I certainly wasn't creating a special dinner either.

The book focuses on a principle called emotionally aware eating, it takes a way the stress and negativity surrounding meal time, and allows the child to make decisions for themselves about whether or not they eat certain food, food isn't used as a bribe or reward either and it has also made me question my own beliefs around food from my experiences of growing up.

We are a week in using this and I don't even have to think about using the EAF technique any more. Its second nature, I don't feel stressed at all if he doesn't eat all his dinner or if he wont try something, its lovely! meal times are great now, my son doesn't say "yuk" to anything anymore or get upset at what he has been given, he has even tried new food.

The author of the book even took time to personally send me an email to clarify some of the points in the book - amazing.

Thank you Jo, you have made such a difference to our family.
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I'm not a fan of parenting books, simply because, as a parent of 3, I find I don't have the time or ware withal to plough through heavy-going books filled with detailed information, do's and don't's, examples etc... I rarely finish 2 pages before my eyelids are drooping and I find I would much rather spend my precious 'me-time' having a quick nap! This book, however, did not have that effect! It is interesting and informative. the chapters are short and concise which makes it easy to follow and everything is summed up at the end of the chapter and again at the end of the book. As a family, we are trying out the EAF method, particularly with our middle child, who is a very emotional soul at the best of times, so finding a way to separate eating and emotion appeals to me. Applying some basic rules at the table too, has also been useful for imposing good manners for all 3 kids. I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting some help and some basic guidelines to good eating practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd read this a few years ago. 20 Feb 2014
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This is a fantastic book full of passages that made me go "Ahhh... That makes complete sense."

Just lots of things that I hadn't really thought about when it comes to child mealtimes, and I'm very glad that I have now.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This deserves a 5 star rating 15 Feb 2014
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This book is topical at a time when children snack all the time and obesity levels are worrying. It is carefully researched and clearly written with chapters short enough for busy parents to read, and most useful summaries at the end of each chapter.

I have witnessed these hints in practice having seen Jo Cormack's young daughters eat their lunch without fuss or comment and with one asking for a second helping of cabbage.

The book deserves to be read by parents, grandparents, as well as nursery and infant teachers.
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