It’s Monday! Today’s Mommy Mantra is all about mindset at meals.
This morning neither Naomi or Sienna wanted to eat their breakfast, despite me whipping up some curried scrambled eggs that they both love. Yup, they love curry…well, they usually do.
So once it was clear they weren’t touching their breakfast, I packed it up for later and let them head out the door with the nanny.
I let them leave with NO breakfast.
It’s an uncomfortable feeling but I know they will be able to eat again shortly. There’s a reason they wouldn’t touch their eggs and I have to be Ok with that. Just as we have a good appetite some days, and then not at others – kids have an appetite that fluctuates big time (from meal to meal, and dad to day).
Previously, I would have danced around Sienna, or let her watch videos while sneaking a spoon into her mouth. Or maybe bribed her with dessert. She’s a tiny girl so I had her weight gain on my mind at ALL times. I would see her next to other kids and my anxiety would spike – she was so small and I made it my mission to get her to eat.
I had an agenda at every meal. That was part of our struggle and the source of my stress.
I’ve learned and studied a TON over the past few years as it relates to children’s eating/nutrition. Yet, in order to help our kids eat better and make meals enjoyable, one of the MOST important things we need to change is our mindset.
All the proven feeding strategies I teach/share can’t work well without mom & dad coming to the table with positivity.
I had to take the time before meals to remind myself that Sienna (despite being small) has the body she’s supposed to have. She’s healthy, happy and developing well (which is really all that matters). The more I interfered with her eating, the more I interfered with every parent’s ultimate goal – that their kids have a positive relationship with food in the long term.
I had to trust her body. And it was SO hard.
I had to give her control over what went in her mouth and how much of it. Just offer, with no pressure.
That’s when my anxiety levels dropped from an 8/10 (high stress) to 3/10 (low stress) and we all finally started to enjoy meals together.
You can change your mindset at meals.
Mindset is just one of the SUPER important and SUPER impactful strategies I dig into in the Free Webinar this week. Those who register will walk away with:
- 10 proven strategies to improve your child’s eating
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If you’re ready to be enlightened and start seeing some changes during your mealtimes, please register here: www.daniellebinns.com/webinar