Giveaway: The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution $17 ARV {12.26; Worldwide} CLOSED

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Elizabeth Pantley is offering our readers a giveaway of The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution, a value of $17.

From our reviewer, Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama:

From tackling toddler eating habits, to addressing concerns about challenging eaters, the Natural Parents Network is no stranger to the food challenges our readers face. In fact, questions related to picky eaters are always a hot topic on our forum.

Parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley is back with her newest book, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution. This book is designed to provide parents with ways to get their children of all ages to eat a healthy, balanced diet as often as possible without battles, threats, or tears. Elizabeth draws ideas from her readers around the world for getting children to eat nutritious food. She then had hundreds of parents test the ideas, so you can trust that one of these solutions that fits your situation best will work for you too. With Elizabeth’s advice, you can help your fussy eater have nutritious meals and bring peace back to the dining table.

The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution also features recipe contributions from Missy Chase Lapine (The Sneaky Chef), Christina Schmidt (The Baby Bistro), Kim Lutz (The Everything Organic Cookbook), and several others.

Elizabeth hits on every parental concern I have ever had as it relates to how much my child is eating, not eating, and what food items are favored and disliked. As with all of Elizabeth’s books, she begins with a thorough introduction to picky eaters and what every parent really needs to know about them. She opens our eyes to evolution, biology, anatomy, growth, control, and wisdom and how all of this comes into play as a child moves through various developmental eating stages. Elizabeth also makes it abundantly clear, with examples, that a child’s total food experience is much different than that of an adult. This is something we all forget too often. The first chapter also dives into facts about foods – misconceptions, how different foods affect the whole child, and insightful alternatives and solutions.

The second chapter outlines the four essential ideas for creating a healthy eater. These guidelines are designed to help parents get their children on a path to a lifetime of healthy eating. Two main things stood out for me in this chapter. First, Elizabeth states that a good attitude about eating is contagious. This is so true in my opinion. The more I try to convince my daughter to eat a particular food or a particular amount, the less likely she is to do so. However, the more relaxed I am about it and the more I lead by example, the more likely my daughter is to eat what I am hoping she will eat. The second standout from this chapter was the “fourth essential” on Elizabeth’s list. These were the food rules you can break and those that you can’t. I absolutely love the ideas presented here. Parent’s get far too caught up in the “norm” when it comes to expectations and rules. But often times the norm simply does not work for children. For example, Elizabeth mentions the idea of set mealtimes for children. While having anchor times in place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is not at all detrimental, forcing your child to ONLY eat at those times is. As children develop and grow they are learning how to listen to and respond to bodily cues. Hunger is one of them. Forcing children to wait to eat until a set mealtime is counterproductive to development. Healthy snacks between main meals should always be allowed and encouraged. If that means a “snacky” type of dinner, so be it.

Chapter three is the heart and soul of this book in my opinion. There is some very sage advice contained within these pages. Elizabeth outlines the most common food related issues and offers a variety of solutions to each one. She encourages parents to use common sense and flexibility which I appreciated. She is extremely encouraging, never coming down on parents for implementing less than stellar tactics. The second portion of this chapter tackles common questions which were drawn from the test group of parents consulted for this book. Elizabeth offers many tools and solutions to address these questions and again, does so in a palatable and gentle manner. In addition, there are tid-bits from other mothers about what has and has not worked for their children. I really enjoyed these perspectives as well.

Elizabeth closes out the book with a chapter devoted to recipes that children are sure to love. Many of the recipes have catchy names which help to entice even the pickiest eater to give them a try! Who can resist Treasure Triangles and Lord of the Apple Rings? Several recipes also sneak veggies in. I know this is a beloved tactic employed by mothers everywhere!

I really enjoyed this book. It is practical, non-confrontational, supportive, insightful, and quite frankly, brilliant. Although I had considered many of the tips and tricks before, Elizabeth presents the same information I already knew in a better light . . . one that made much more sense and encouraged me to try again. I personally do not like labeling children as picky eaters since there is so much more to it than that, and although Elizabeth does use this term, she acknowledges again and again that picky eating is simply just a label with a fluid definition. Picky eating is subjective and often time incorrectly identified. I love that!

I highly recommend this book to anyone with children, whether or not that child is experiencing eating challenges. There is a lot of wisdom and insight in this book. It can even help families where the actual consumption of food is not an issue but the dynamics surrounding mealtimes are. There is a lot of substance in this book! Really something for everyone.

Please take a moment to learn a little more about Elizabeth.

Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. She is the author of eight popular parenting books (including The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution; The No-Cry Nap Solution; The No-Cry Discipline Solution; and Gentle Baby Care), available in 18 languages, and she was a contributing author to The Successful Child with Dr. William and Martha Sears. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. She is kind of a big deal in the peaceful parenting world. You can find her at her website and on Facebook.


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Information About Our Reviewer:

Jennifer is a former government recruiter turned stay-at-home mama to a precious daughter (Aaliyah) brought earthside in March 2009. She is passionate about breastfeeding (especially extended breastfeeding), co-sleeping, attachment parenting, cloth diapering, green living, babywearing, peaceful parenting, a Waldorf approach to education and parenting, playful parenting, getting children outside, as well as cooking and eating Traditional Foods.

37 Responses to Giveaway: The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution $17 ARV {12.26; Worldwide} CLOSED

  1. suburban prep

    One of the other books which would be helpful in our family is the The No-Cry Potty Training Solution

  2. suburban prep

    I have a nephew who is 5 and refuses to eat most everything in front of him. He will eat cheese and yogurt and anything carb related (cookies, bread, etc). We have gone to trickery and put double the amount of zucchini in a zucchini bread and taken out some of the sugar and flour.

  3. Vanessa  

    In the past, I’ve found her “No-cry Sleep Solution” to have some helpful ideas when dealing with my baby’s struggle to sleep. The discipline one might be interesting, too.

  4. Vanessa  

    My son is extremely “picky.” He rarely eats vegetables, and would be completely happy eating crackers all day long. Our worst struggle is often getting him to eat at supper time, knowing that if he doesn’t eat enough, he’ll wake hungry in the middle of the night. Those days it’s always hard to know whether to let him eat, throw off his sleep schedule, and be up for hours, or just tell him that it’s sleeping time, not food time.

  5. Carmen  

    We could use The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers

  6. Carmen  

    So far we’ve done ok with food – she likes pretty much everything except canned peas. I would still like this book however because that could always change.

  7. France Irish

    I would love to have this:
    Gentle Baby Care

  8. Paige

    I could REALLY use the N-cry Discipline book. I have most of the others!

  9. Debbie

    no cry nap solution might help! no cry sleep solution was great, and i recommend it to everyone.

  10. Sandra

    I think the no cry discipline solution would be helpful.

  11. Catherine Casey

    We could use The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Love her books and look forward to reading the Picky eater one

  12. xela genovese

    I LOVE the No-cry Separation Anxiety Solution. It totally changed our lives and I recommend it to everyone. I’ve always wanted to read the No-cry Sleep Solution. I hope I win this book because I really want to read it too!

  13. xela genovese

    My 3 yo. used to eat pretty much anything and everything we gave her. Now she only has about a dozen foods she likes to eat (luckily they are a varied bunch and include every food group.)

  14. Malinda

    I could use any of her books, my first is easy, but a picky eater at the moment, and my 2nd is a highly strung child so the toilet training or discipline one would be handy. 3rd is a laid back boy so perhaps I won’t need any of them LOL

  15. Amy

    Have read and loved No Cry Sleep Solution, and No Cry for Toddlers… now I think we’d benefit from No Cry Potty Training!

  16. Michelle  

    The No-Cry Sleep Solution seems to be just what we need for our family.

  17. Michelle  

    My little one is scared of peas. I don’t have any idea what caused it but if a pea accidentally ends up on her plate, or even on the table or floor near her, she screams and screams and screams until she sees that it has been disposed of. On other people’s plates, she’s ok, but never with what we now call ‘escapees’. Very strange fear but we do our best to accomodate it. Hopefully, it will be one that she eventually grows out of.

  18. Eliza

    I have three children and two of them have always been fantastic eaters. My 5 year old, however, is afraid of nearly everything–even things all kids should like (i.e. candy, lol). This would be a great help. Thank you for the chance!

  19. Stacie Robinson

    I could benefit from reading the “no cry nap solution” as well! I love napping with my daughter but there are times it would be nice to have her successfully nap by herself…

  20. Shelly  

    I love all of the books by Elizabeth Pantley I’ve read so far. I didn’t realize there was one for picky eaters! Hooray! My husband and I both LOVE to eat and sleep, so we were pretty surprised to have a baby who doesn’t want to do much of either! I sure hope I win so that I can come up with some new strategies to entice my daughter to eat more. Thanks!