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Parenting is a highly imperfect process, one that is often thankless at times too. Feeding kids can be very challenging! There are so many variables that affect what they eat and how much. It can be disheartening as a parent to put so much effort into meal planning and prep only to be met with a response of "that's yucky!" There are feeding models out there to guide you to raise children that are competent eaters and feel comfortable with their growing body. I use Ellyn Satter's Division of Responsibility as a guide for parents and I use this with my kids too! This model clearly identifies the role of the parent and the role of the child when it comes to eating.
How does this model fit with Intuitive Eating? Intuitive Eating is an excellent framework for adults to repair their disrupted relationship with food due to diet culture, weight stigma and inaccurate health information, this may also be the case for teens as well. For children, parents &/or caregivers can role model a healthy relationship with food, their body and movement. This will allow your children to continue to enjoy food and movement and respect and care for the body that they were innately born with.
As parents, our relationship with food and our body, can significantly influence how we feed our children. At Gut Instincts Nutrition Counselling I work with parents all the time that are working on improving their relationship with food. For many, this includes untangling how their upbringing around food and family meals has influenced their eating. Because many of our clients are trying to find joy in eating for themselves and also grow intuitive eaters, free from the dangers of diet culture we have decided to partner with Pommetta Nutrition!
Growing Intuitive Eaters is an 6 week online course & group coaching program for parents ! It is facilitated by two dietitians: Suzanne Dietrich, RD from Gut Instincts Nutrition Counselling & Jay Baum, RD from Pommetta Nutrition. In addition, you will have access to an exclusive online community, where we will be available daily to answer any questions you may have!
If feeding your kids is starting to feel really challenging &/or if you'd like some assistance growing a child with a positive body image through a supportive community then check out what this course has to offer here! Official registration will take place Dec.18-Dec.24. The course will start in January 2020! This course will be priced at a much lower price point than individual nutrition counselling. Feel free to send Suzanne a message if you have any questions about the course or would like to learn more about intuitive eating.