Review submitted by Tammy Diesner
Kristen comes highly accredited. She has been a registered dietitian for many years, works for Dietitians of Canada and is the author of the “Healthy Eating” section of the BC publication: Toddler’s First Steps.
When I arrived at the workshop, we started with the standard introductions of ourselves and what motivated us to attend the workshop. Kristen offered plenty of opportunities to address individual questions and concerns, throughout the entire workshop.
The first part of the workshop was educating us on the theory behind what is happening developmentally in our toddler’s minds. A biggie is that “tricky taste buds” are in effect, which could be either taste or texture. Our toddlers are also becoming leery about things. At this stage, it is a great time to introduce a wide variety of taste and textures and making sure not to “hide” anything, as this will make them even more leery in the future. Having a clear understanding of what is going on with your child developmentally, is the first step in getting your child to become a confident eater.
The child’s role is to decide on:
Once everyone’s roles are understood and implemented, better eating happens. Oh and by the way – you can’t make your child eat… “whew” I’m not such a bad parent afterall!!!
Finally, Kristen covered common sense strategies. I’m covering just a few of the many, that were discussed in the workshop:
Overall, I found the workshop to be of great value and well worth the couple of hours spent. It dramatically reduced the anxiety and stress around meal times and increased my confidence as a parent. In the end, I left the workshop feeling that I understood what was going on developmentally with my toddler. I learned a number of strategies to help me help my child and to help me feel more successful as a parent. If you have a picky eater on your hands and are struggling for some new ways to combat them, I would highly recommend that you spend a couple of hours attending Kristen’s workshop. You will find it very valuable and it’s definitely well worth the time and money.