5 Steps To Keeping A Conversation About Your Child's Food From Exploding Into Conflict (Video)

food choices & feeding parenting video

** This is a repost of a Facebook Live session I did in our Raising Resilience Community Facebook group about how to talk with people who don't understand or support the food choices you've made (or want to make) for your kids. You can watch the original version and join the conversation here and there are links in this post to where I've spoken about this elsewhere on the blog. **

I'm sure you've been there...  

You want to reduce the sugar your child's eating but everyone thinks you're depriving them of a happy childhood.

Or you want to try your child on a Paleo diet but your parenting partner thinks it's too restrictive and keeps giving them bagels.

Or you want to try a new strategy to help your picky eater get more nourishment in but everyone around you thinks they know better and every dinner explodes into a yelling match.

Or you are anxious about the holiday season because you know your whole family thinks you're a health fanatic and arguments about food happen every year. 

You're certainly not alone if some version of this is a problem for you!

Conversations around food and feeding children so quickly spiral into conflict. How to talk about your choices in a way that doesn't leave you doubting your parenting decisions and feeling terrible is a juicy topic!

It's such an issue for so many parents that I've reposted here a Facebook Live session I did in our Raising Resilience Community Facebook group outlining how I suggest you structure challenging conversations so you can remain confident and secure. 

I've spoken about this before. In this video post I outlined 4 ways these conversations get derailed.

In the session posted here, I outlined a 5-part structure you can use to make sure your challenging conversations remain positive.

Because if they don't, it's ultimately your child who misses out.

Preparing with a structure like the one I talk about here is the best way I know of to keep confident, clear and calm when you need to have a conversation about your food choices.

(Related post: Talking with friends & family about your food choices)

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About Jess Sherman, FDN-P, M.Ed, R.H.N

Jess is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition¬ģ Practitioner, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a trauma-sensitive Family Health Educator specializing in brain health & resilience for kids.¬†She is also a teacher, with a Master's degree in education. Her¬†Calm & Clear Kids¬†introductory course,¬†her Amino Acids (with kids!) Quickstart program, and her signature¬†Roadmap to Resilient Kids,¬†¬†along with her book¬†Raising Resilience,¬†have¬†helped families¬†in at least 44 countries¬†improve the lives of their children with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders and reduce¬†their reliance on medication.¬†She is the 2019 recipient of the CSNNAA award for Clinical Excellence for her work¬†with families, and she¬†continues to¬†bring an understanding of the Nourishment Needs and Biological Stress to the mainstream conversation about children‚Äôs mental health, learning, and overall resilience through her blog, courses, workshops and as a contributor to print and online magazines.¬†

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