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.