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My Two Year Old Eats Octopus

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I recently wrote a post about feeding kids and creating healthy eaters. I have to do a follow up on this post with a book I found recently on the subject.

The title alone will hook you: My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything. The author, Nancy Tringali Piho, starts the book telling a story about being on vacation with her husband and two year old and ordering ceviche of calamari, octopus, and shrimp. People at nearby tables were shocked that her son was eating it and that he said, "Mmmmm! Octopus!"

Nancy's approach is a no excuses kind of style. She doesn't believe in hiding vegetables in food to get your kids to eat them. They should know they are eating them!

The book's goal is simple: Don't accept that your child is a "picky eater." Instead, create a good eater whose "pickiness does not dictate what or where everyone else must eat, and who do not require the preparation of a separate meal every time you leave the house." I think every parent wants that!

I have always been a big believer that the first time you become a short order cook (make your child something separate from what the rest of the family is eating because you think he or she won't eat it) is the first time you create a culture where the child dictates what, where, and when they will choose to eat. That is how picky eaters are born. Role modeling and introducing the right foods at the right times are instrumental in assisting a child in the very important task of not only feeding them, but creating lifelong habits around food.

One of my favorite parts of this book is the last bit of each chapter. She ends it with "What I've Learned" This is simply advice from Nancy as a mother who has been in the trenches of creating children who embrace food instead of dictating what they won't eat.

BRAVO for My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus! If you desire a child who is adventurous, or even just not picky, pick up a copy of this book. You can change the way your child eats for the rest of their life! Pretty powerful stuff, if you ask me.

Check out www.mytwoyearoldeatsoctopus.com for more details on the book!


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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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