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.

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