Making Mealtimes Better : Structure, Nurture & Boundaries

Accessible and full of sensible evidence-based information to support feeding young children well, Making Mealtimes Better is on-line workshop series is designed for parents/carers of young children with a variety of food-related behaviours. Delivered by Carine Henry RD, paediatric specialist dietitian, with 30 years of practical working with children and families, in areas of feeding difficulties, growth faltering and tummy troubles.

Making Mealtimes Better provides a space alongside others to listen, learn, share, practice and develop tools and select strategies to make every mealtime better. Carine uses themes of Structure, Nurture and Boundaries to guide topics including:

  • meeting your child’s nutritional needs : key nutrients and food groups
  • expanding food experience : where you are now, next steps and forward planning
  • giving right attention to food and feeding
  • learning to enjoy food and feeding : agency and satisfaction
  • awareness of how emotions impact food, feeding and nutrition, for both parents and child

Making Mealtimes Better is intended for children aged 18 months to 5 years whose nutritional wellbeing and growth may be compromised and/or where food-related behaviours are challenging eg.

  • food refusal, feeding aversion, food fears, feeding anxieties
  • prolonged difficulty with expanding to mixed textures of food
  • difficulty introducing new foods and & limited experience of a range of foods
  • highly selective eating and sensory difficulties
  • tantrums at the table, difficult feeding behaviours, battlegrounds with food

Mindful parenting is skill that can be developed through practice, and impacts both parents and children positively. Carine will be exploring themes with you around mindful approaches as they relates food, feeding, eating and nutrition.