My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything

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Approaching its topic with humor, style, and a critical eye, this unique guidebook enables parents to provide a healthy and diverse diet for their children. Instead of providing yet another guide to kids’ nutrition, a medical discussion, a treatise on the perils of obesity, or a parenting primer on good table manners, this study demonstrates that children need to be taught how to eat well just as they are taught to walk. With detailed guidance from nutritionists, physicians, scientists, and chefs, this handbook ...

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Approaching its topic with humor, style, and a critical eye, this unique guidebook enables parents to provide a healthy and diverse diet for their children. Instead of providing yet another guide to kids’ nutrition, a medical discussion, a treatise on the perils of obesity, or a parenting primer on good table manners, this study demonstrates that children need to be taught how to eat well just as they are taught to walk. With detailed guidance from nutritionists, physicians, scientists, and chefs, this handbook details how to find the right foods, how to overcome recurring problems, and emphasize the healthiest elements. Dealing with the picky eater and the real worries about obesity and good nutrition, this survey posits that youngsters eat the way they do because of how the parents themselves eat—and shows how to combat any and all bad habits. Offering plenty of information on how to go about serious change and where to find the best resources, this reference is guaranteed to broaden the horizon of any child’s menu.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933503172
  • Publisher: Bull Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Tringali Piho works in public relations for a number of national food industry associations. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 "Mmmmm…Octopus!" 1

What, Me Worry? 3

What This Book Is, and What It Is Not 8

Chapter 2 So What's the Problem? 17

"But I Don't Like That" 22

Teaching vs. Tricking 24

The Big Three 27

But That's What Kids Want to Eat, Right? 34

What Makes It Harder Today? 36

America vs. the World: Are Our Kids Behind in the Flavor Game? 39

What I've Learned 49

Chapter 3 You Can't Start Too Soon 51

It Starts With an Attitude 53

Live a Little! 55

Mom-to-Be: You (and Your Child) Are What You Eat 58

From Day One: A Milk Diet 62

Spin the Bottle 70

Breastfeeding: A Final Encouragement 71

What I've Learned 75

Chapter 4 "Into the Mouths of Babes": First Foods 77

Open Wide 80

Moving On to the Tasty Stuff 83

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat 87

Baby Foods: Yours or Theirs? 91

Who Is Feeding Our Babies? 96

The How-Tos of Making Baby Food 100

Infant Mini-Meals 102

She's So Sweet! 104

Improving Flavor 107

So What About Organic? Is It Fresh? 109

What I've Learned 115

Chapter 5 The Toddler Years: Time to Expand the Palate 117

A Toddler at the Table 120

The Menu, Please 128

"But She'll Only Eat&hellip" 135

A Carrot or a (Fish) Stick? 141

Here Come the "Kid-Friendly" Foods! 144

Morning Wake-Up Call 146

Cute, Cute, Cute 156

What Else Is on the Pantry Shelves? 159

Special Toddler Foods 165

On the Road with Toddler in Tow 167

Make It Fast 170

What About Juice? 172

What I've Learned 181

Chapter 6 The Preschooler: A Real Little Eater 183

But What Does It Taste Like? 184

Imparting Flavor 187

Someone's in the Kitchen 194

"It's Time for a Snack!" 198

Snacking vs. "Grazing" 202

From MadisonAvenue, with Love 204

Play with Your Food 208

One Plus One Is Two Candy Bars 210

Please, Please, Please, Please, Please 213

Bringing It Back to Taste and Flavor 215

All About Beverages 218

It All Adds Up to Picky Eating 224

What I've Learned 225

Chapter 7 When Problems Start 227

What Is That on That? 229

How Can I Get My Child to Eat Vegetables? 232

A Hot Dog by Any Other Name 236

"Sit Down!" 238

"Will you Please Hurry Up and Finish Eating?" 242

"I Am Not a Short-Order Cook" 244

"And I Am Not a Waitress" 246

"Ew, Gross, Yuck, Disgusting" 247

What Happened to Number Two? 251

When the Problem Is Really Serious 253

What I've Learned 255

Chapter 8 Chef speak: practicing what they preach 259

A Fine Plaste: Is Born or Bred? 261

Thanks, But No Thinks 265

What's in That Brown Bag? 266

Welcome to My Restaurent: What we wish parents knew 267

And for the children This Evening? 271

What I've Learned 274

Chapter 9 Restaurent Dining 277

"Oh,Great!Here come some people with a Kid" 278

Restaurent Dos and Don'ts: You can Do It! 281

Please Be seated 286

Super success stories 292

What I've Learned 274

Chapter 10 Cheers! 299

Can you take This TooFar? 301

Whwre Does It All Lead? 305

Let It Be 307

Notes And Rreferences 311

Index 317

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    Super Book - Foodie Parents, This One is For You

    All I can say is that I wish I had had this book when my kids were younger. We've come a long way as a family in improving our eating habits, but my pre-teens still lapse too often into the junk food world and are still more picky (whiny) about their food than they should be. I have a feeling that if I'd started them off in the way the author of this book suggests, we would have been spared the tears at the table and things would be even better now.

    This book is more than just step by step pointers on getting young kids to eat better, although those are there too. What I like is that it presents a whole "philosophy" on food choices and it truly inspired me to care more about what my kids eat. Sure, there are plenty of kids who eat at McDonald's all the time and are fine... but this book teaches you how to teach them (and convince them) of what they are missing out on by not being more adventurous in their eating.

    Really fun chapters on restaurant dining, too, and great comments/ pointers from top chefs who have also have kids. As the author says, it really is all about FLAVOR!

    Great gift for new parents, baby showers, for parents of young kids. (Give one to your kids' preschool director!)

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

    Want to Prevent Picky Eating in Your Kids? This is the book for you.

    There are many "picky eater" books out there -- some written by nutritionists, some by doctors, some are cookbooks -- but this is far and away the best I've seen. It's the only book on the topic that I've read that makes you THINK about what you are feeding your kids, & how you want them to grow up in their relationship with food.

    The author makes a point that it all starts early -- like when baby is still in the womb -- so by all means, consider this as a gift for pregnant women! (Great for baby showers/ newborn gifts.) There is a lot of scientific evidence discussed, but it's all presented in an easy-to-read, fascinating manner. Chapters go through newborn days, first foods, toddler foods and then pre-school eating. The theme is consistent throughout: Feed your kids what YOU are eating, as opposed to children's food products, if you want them to develop an understanding and appreciation of different flavors in foods. What will surprise you is the extensive evidence presented on hard it is to actually do that in today's society.

    One of the most enjoyable parts of the book is the 2 or 3 chapters on restaurant dining with kids, all peppered with funny/ encouraging/ informative quotes and information from top chefs around the country who also happen to parents of young kids themselves. If you're at all nervous about eating anywhere but IHOP or McDonalds with your kids, you'll find a lot of good tips here.

    The only criticism I really have about this book is the fact that it stops at pre-school age. Still, parents of older kids who have fallen into some bad Picky Eater habits can still learn a lot from this book. Overall, though, it's intended for parents of really young kids (0-5) who want to prevent Picky Eating im the first place or reverse any signs that it may be emerging. If that is you, or anyone you know, you can't get a better book on the subject.

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