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The Food Our Children Eat: How to Get Children to Like Good Food Paperback – 29 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841154776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841154770
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Children seem to be bonded by a common culture that fosters resistance to good food. How can this be? There are lots of theories ploughing both sides of the nature-nurture divide. Author, Joanna Blythman points out that one belief is that junk food is basically so appealing that once children have tasted it, that is all they want.

So who is to blame for this? The food industry says it is simply servicing a need for popular food. If children are eating badly, then it is the parents' fault for not balancing the child's diet. Working mothers are the usual suspects.

But as this book clarifies, it is in culture that the prevailing conditions go against children eating well. This enlightening book explores the modern child's diet, starting with how the rot begins, followed by the staggered eating patterns and the flickering screen habits.

It assesses the different attitudes parents have, whether it is the concerned and worried parent who blames themself for the child's eating habits, or the philosophical parent who accepts junk food and believes that it is better the kids eat junk food than nothing at all.

The book also considers other factors which influence the child's food choice, such as the modern school meals: often cheap processed intensively reared meat in a fatty fried crumb coating.

So how do parents break the mould? Well each section of this book deals with ways to improve the child's eating habits in the home, at school and at parties and evaluates the possible remedies to break the viscous circle of poor eating habits.

This book is well written and concludes by providing examples of good snacks, good packed lunches and ways to make healthy foods such as vegetables more interesting.

This book is a handy paperback which is useful for parents who want to encourage good eating habits in their children. --Louise Coyle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'The food our Children eat is a masterly, common-sense treatise on getting kids to respect and enjoy food that is good for them.' -- Irish Times

'Her book is something of a manual, full of inspiration and information, and just enough fulmination to keep the reader's enthusiasm on the boil.' -- TES

'This book is a revelation. Blythman puts her points across so effectively that you feel yes, it is quite easy to change things.' -- Good Housekeeping

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By A Customer on 14 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up for a quick browse, expecting to be hit with the usual guilt about how I feed my child too much rubbish, together with a bland prescription to ban all that junk, and 101 handy tofu recipes which I could prepare painstakingly by spending an extra hour every night in the kitchen.
I could not have been more wrong. I was riveted by the book. The author presents healthy eating as a way of thinking, and points out that it needn't be hard work, and you don't have to be a saint. So many of her ideas are simple, you wonder how you didn't know them instinctively.
This is definitely a book for the waverers among us, who suspect that it just isn't right to be feeding our children junk, but don't know where to begin doing otherwise, or whether there is any point in trying.
My copy is now making the rounds of all my friends. I might have to buy another!
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If, like me, you started out intending to feed your child only the best food but find yourself almost unwittingly slipping into allowing more sweets and crisps as "pester power" sets in, then this book is for you. I started out thinking the author was a bit preachy -- do we really need to know *why* junk food is bad, after all we probably wouldn't be reading this book if we weren't already aware of the issue? But it was helpful to have a reminder and once I read further into the book I found it really inspiring. The author has many, many practical tips for dealing with all kinds of issues that arise around children and food and although she takes a firm stance against giving in to children's whims, she also stresses the importance of respecting their preferences and describes techniques for doing so while at the same time indicating to the child that you expect them to be open-minded and to try things more than once. She is pragmatic about dealing with situations such as playgroups, childcare, and grandparents' houses where children may be offered food you really don't want them to have -- she suggests ways of trying to change this but acknowledges that you may not always be successful and how to teach children that although they eat a particular thing at someone else's house that doesn't mean they will also get to eat it at home. The book includes a small selection of fast and easy recipes but most helpfully includes lists of Best 10 snacks, 10 meals both children and adults like, 25 good packed lunches, etc -- many ideas that even as a vegetarian I found useful.
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By A Customer on 21 May 2001
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I'm sure there must be other mothers who, like me, suddenly realised that feeding their baby/toddler what they wanted them to eat wasn't quite as straightforward as it may have seemed. If you suddenly feel suffocated by the pressure to feed your child "what children like to eat" (ie highly sweetened and processed junk) but don't feel quite right about it, then this is the book for you. It is really fantastic. It gives inspiration and confidence and above all strengthens your belief that you do actually know what is best for your child AND have the power to control it. It simply isn't necessary to submit to the "well, they'll eat rubbish everywhere else, they might as well have it at home" school. Blythman makes you see, so clearly and simply, that what really matters is what the child considers to be normal. If you are in the slightest bit tempted, you must buy this book - it is a fabulous and gripping bedtime read as well as a reference to sit alongside Annabel Karmel!
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Part of the title of the book is "how to get children to like good food" and this lead me to believe that this book gives ideas how to get children to eat well. However, most of the book is just trying to convince one should feed one's children good food. Majority of the ideas in the book are just common sense. So if you are already convinced that your child needs to eat well, don't bother reading this book. You will hardly learn anything new.
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