On average, parents serve up an estimated 28,000 meals and snacks during their child’s lifetime. That’s one BIG reason it’s important to get this whole feeding thing right! My podcast guest this week is Jill Castle, MS, RDN an expert on feeding styles and child nutrition. While she says good nutrition is a key component to raising healthy kids, Jill believes the “how to” of mealtime is just as critical. Tune in to find out why the Authoritative style of family feeding is the gold standard.
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Jill is the host of The Nourished Child, which you can find on iTunes and other popular podcast sites. She is the author of Eat Like a Champion and co-author of Fearless Feeding. Her four children are now teens and young adults, and like me (and many of your, I’m sure), she has faced plenty of mealtime challenges. Her own experiences fueled Jill’s passion to teach parents about the do’s and don’ts of feeding kids.
Tune in to hear about the four most common styles of feeding–Authoritarian, Permissive, Neglectful, Authoritative–identify your style, and discover best practices for feeding families. Are you a clean-your-plate parent? Is your kitchen open 24/7? Or do you practice a “love with limits” style? You won’t want to miss this show because some styles can actually sabotage a child’s health over time while others can encourage adventurous eating.
“Repeated exposure is the key to getting picky eaters to try new foods.”
– Jill Castle
- Jill’s go-to family recipes — homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce; beef in a Crockpot; grilled meats.
- The importance of your family feeding style and why parents would be better served if they learned this skill before they had kids!
- Giving birth is a one-day event yet we spend so much time learning how to give birth. But we feed kids for 18 years yet parents aren’t taught how to do it.
- Everything you need to know about the four feeding styles.
- Putting kale in a smoothie is great, but positive feeding is the anchor to eating well. Jill teaches you what to expect as kids go through the various stages of development.
- Authoritarian feeding is the “old school” style where kids are told to clean their plates.
- The common pitfalls of the Permissive style where the kitchen is open 24/7 and kids can eat whatever they want and whenever they want.
- A Neglectful feeding style can lead to insecurity and overeating.
- Why an Authoritative style is the gold standard feeding style. Jill calls it “Love with Limits” with scheduled meals and snacks; reasonable choices; boundaries and limits; and reasonable rules around food.
- Is the “No Thank-You Bite” a good idea or a bad idea? Jill says it depends on your child’s temperament.
- Serving food family style (like the Waltons!) is a winning strategy when you have a child at your table who doesn’t want to eat what’s for dinner. Find out why!
- Don’t give up on picky eaters. Repeated exposure to new foods pays off. Four exposures may not be enough. Fifteen or twenty may be the magic number.
- Think about the child you have in front of you and make decisions based on their temperament.
- Jill’s favorite cookbooks and celebrity chefs.
Feeding Styles in a nutshell. What’s your style?
My email: [email protected]
Jill’s blog post: What’s your feeding style?
Books: Fearless Feeding and Eat Like a Champion both on Amazon
Download my 7-Day Meal Planner
Connect with Jill:
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Jill on Instagram
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