Tips if your child is a fussy eater

Erin is a very well rounded child, in terms of her size. She’s not over weight and not under weight, so the fact that she is a TERRIBLE eater easily goes by unnoticed, as nobody will ever “remind” Damien or I that our child is underweight, as she isn’t.

But in the last 6 months I have noticed her fussy eating habits become worse by the day, she only likes to eat rubbish, nothing else, only junk.  Erin’s principal suggested we see a dietician, as she even noticed that she hardly ate any of the food provided at school for lunch.

Of course it is our fault, as we allowed her to eat that junk, but something had to be done.

Damien and I met with Alison Lang (Dietician) two months ago to discuss Erin’s bad eating habits and it was so well worth it, even Damien said that it was R500 well spent.

Here are some of the tips Alison gave us:

  • child decides how much and whether they will eat
  • parent decides what food is on offer, when and where the meal or snack is served
  • don’t let your child “drink” their calories – this was one of Erin’s major issues – smoothies and squishy’s constantly
  • 3 meals and 2 snacks – that’s it
  • NO eating in bed – Erin always told us she was hungry in bed, just to procrastinate sleeping….
  • water, water, water – limit juice etc. as much as possible
  • don’t snack before supper, the child needs to come to the supper/ lunch table – SUPER hungry
  • don’t force your child to eat and don’t fight about food
  • don’t provide a menu of foods, only 1 or 2 options. You aren’t running a restaurant
  • plan meals – this was one of my biggest mistakes, I always used to improvise when I got home and by 5pm Erin was already starving
  • If your child doesn’t eat fruit or vegetables (Erin eats ZERO fruit and ZERO vegetables), just put it on the plate, they don’t need to eat it, they just need to see it, daily

We aren’t there yet, but we are 100% better than where we were.

Alison’s rooms are at Donald Gordon and her email is Alison@clinicaldiets.co.za

Please share any fussy eater tips you may have, I’m open to any advice at this stage.

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I run my own business – Stacey Vee from Content Candy

Today I feature someone whose opinion about running your own business I really value! Stacey runs two of her own businesses (one recently launched), a blog AND a CHARITY! All while being a mother of three and wife. Thanks for this invaluable advice Stacey.

1.  Name

Stacey Vee

2.  Business name and website

Copy Candy t/a Content Candy (www.copycandy.co.za). I also run a charity called iPadsforLionhearts (www.ipadsforlionhearts.co.za), a website called DigiKids (www.digikids.co.za) and my own blog Living Lionheart (www.livinglionheart.co.za)

3.  Brief description of business

My main business is called Content Candy, a Johannesburg-based content studio that works with some of South Africa’s biggest agencies and publishing houses to produce branded content for every platform – from print publications, to social channels, to digital media.

4.  Since when have you run your own business

I started freelancing on the side in 2006, and registered my company in 2009. In November 2010 I quit my job in corporate and went into business for myself full-time. As you can see from this timeline, I spent years building up a solid client base before making the leap.

5.  Why is it better than working for a boss?

It’s not. A lot of new business owners start out believing that you’ll have more flexibility, and can spend more time with family, and that no one will be telling you what to do anymore. The truth is that I have less free time than when I worked for a boss, and in fact, I now have about 20 bosses – my clients!

6.  Thing you enjoy most each day

I love my team – just sharing an office space with them is a treat.

7.  Thing you enjoy least each day

Dealing with the unexpected, like rush-jobs, the occasional client emergency, internal or external disputes – I’ve never been one for conflict, but if you’re going to run your own ship there is no escaping I

8.  Advice for people starting their own business

You need to have enough squirreled away to survive for 12 to 18 months while you get your business off the ground. If you can’t make it by then, have a rethink: is it a viable business, and is running a business really your cup of tea? Only a small percentage of first-time business-owners have the personality for it – and there is no shame in admitting you don’t. It’s not a very glamorous job, no matter how hard the media tries to make entrepreneurship look exciting.

9.  Top three things you have learnt from having your own business

  1. Don’t let your job take centre-stage in your household. This is much harder than it sounds.
  2. It’s not enough to be good at what you do (in my case, producing content for agencies and brands), you also need a firm understanding of business basics i.e. PAYE, VAT, profit ratios, contractual agreements.
  3. Cash flow is everything.