How to make family mealtimes work

Did you know that sitting down with your family and sharing a meal, can have lifelong positive outcomes for your child?  Studies have found that children who participate in regular family meals have higher self-esteem, higher grades, and lower rates of substance abuse and obesity. In the short term, the benefits are also significant.  If you want your child to learn to eat a certain food, the best thing you can do is sit down and eat it with them, as children learn a lot by copying other people’s behaviour. Children of all ages benefit from participating in regular family meals. 

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Nicole Wu
Home Truths: Tonight I Chose Fun.

Tonight, was looking typical; the negotiation about going upstairs for a bath, the stalling tactics, the testing of boundaries, on it went. But then came a raspberry blown onto my neck by Mr A, and the giggle. I giggled too. In that moment, I chose fun. I stopped looking at the clock. I stopped trying to rush him, and I blew him a raspberry on his neck in return. More giggles.

 

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Nicole Wu
5 Ways To Help Fussy Toddlers Love Mealtime

Thanks Kangaroo Spotting for this fabulous article.

"When I met Nicole, a typical meal-scene at home started with me sternly ‘suggesting’ eating food, then would escalate to bribes and threats. A broken mother, I would eventually resort to begging or guilt-tripping which made me feel like a hypocrite. 

Why wouldn’t my child eat? I swore I would never make ‘alternative meals’ (almost as bad as ‘alternative facts’) but found myself angrily slapping together cheese sandwiches and globbing yogurt into bowls...."

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Nicole Wu
Featured on ABC's Babytalk Podcast

In this week's Babytalk podcast, Nicole and Rachel have practical advice to reduce stress at mealtimes. They will give you confidence to help your children learn to eat and enjoy a range of foods.

Duration: 29min 13sec

Broadcast: Sat 20 Jan 2018, 1:00pm

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Nicole Wu
How to Avoid Mealtime Battles

No parent starts out wanting to engage in battles with their children at mealtimes, but it’s one of those things that can creep up on us. It doesn’t start out as a major battle but quite quickly, requests can become demands, demands become battles and mealtimes fall apart.

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Nicole Wu