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Getting the Little Blighters to Eat: Change your children from fussy eaters into foodies. Paperback – 18 Jul 2013

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Featherstone Education (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408190745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408190746
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It works!..." 07-Jan-2014 You've read all the books and you think you're doing everything right, right? Me too. But then you find you are doing things that are meant to make life easier but you still seem to be cooking three different meals a day. Me too. Then I read THIS book. It took me less than an hour and it transformed mealtimes in my house. The guidance is straightforward, non-judgemental and IT WORKS. Whether you are weaning an infant, struggling with a terrible-two or dealing with a finicky 11 year old like me, it works. Yesterday, my son voluntarily ate a prawn. Enough said. Give it a go! Mumsnet -- Mumsnet Mumsnet

About the Author

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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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. It has easy to understand "rules" and I am really pleased with it].
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Good, solid common sense that escapes the vast majority of us, I'd say. Excellent, well written and is helping to make mealtimes here a lot more pleasant. It doesn't work overnight - lots of patience needed to ride out the early days when the kids have thrown a few tantrums and eaten next to nothing (just a fruit or yogurt, after point blank refusal at their main offering)... BUT last night my 5 year old willingly ate a small plateful of butternut squash and sage risotto. That is a child who will consistently tell me he doesn't like rice, doesn't like squash and doesn't like anything green... The biggest challenge in this household has been getting my husband to 'buy in' to the concept and to resist commenting, cajoling, and generally interfering with what the kids "choose" to eat or not. Now that we are more aligned mealtimes are more enjoyable - we talk about things other than food, and generally the children are getting the message. We will be eating what is put on the table, nobody is obliged to actually eat it, but there is no alternative. It might just work...
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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. We talk about other stuff (not the food). I'm seeing little changes day by day. My 6 year old tried the white bit of an egg for the first time. My 11 year old took marmalade sandwiches in his lunchbox. That doesn't sound like a big deal, but it's a big leap forward for him because he's taken jam sandwiches every single day pretty much since he started school.
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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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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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Never written a review in my life. Excellent book. Easy to follow. It says you see small results in 2 weeks and major ones in 3-4 months. I am 10 days in and have already achieved things I could only dream of before with my fussy 9 year old boy (I am keeping a log of all the little achievements each week so I can track progress (such as "didn't have a melt down when there were vegetables on his plate" and "ate a pasta dish happily that he could see bits of garlic and chilli flakes in"). Still a long, long way to go but I am more confident than ever that if I stick the rules major progress will be made over the coming months/years. What I love more than anything is that meal times are now stress free!!!
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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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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 our house, where we all sit down to meals, cook only once and have found that my boys (one very fussy) is even trying new things. I'' be off to the farmers markets with the kids now, and scoring new foods out of ten. A brilliant purchase and well worth it.
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