Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders with Dr. Kay Toomey (HPC: E74)

Plenty of parents complain about their kids being “so darn picky!” (including me, even though I know I shouldn’t use that word!). But what IS a picky eater, really? Did you know: Only about 1/3 of kids are actually picky, although 50% struggle age 2-3. Only about 25% of kids outgrow it. 5-10% are problem feeders and need professional help. Dr. Kay Toomey, the most fascinating guest on the Healthy Parenting Connector yet, explains how parents can determine if their “severity” meter is accurate when it comes to their kids eating. Do you have a problem feeder who is truly extreme? Or just a picky eater? These questions will help you determine! And the craziest part — it might not [Read more...]

10 Ways to Prepare Vegetables That Surprise Kids Into Eating Them (No Cuteness or “Tricks” Needed)

Move over, boring “steamed broccoli.” You’re old news there, green smoothie. There are other ways to serve vegetables so that kids will eat and enjoy them! And there’s no need for cute bento boxes every time! (Although we do love our bento boxes at our house.) There’s really not a very big difference between a picky eater who won’t let a tenth of an ounce of a vegetable past their lips or one who will always eat the one or two bites you put on their plate. We don’t really want to raise our kids to be obligatory vegetable eaters, because as soon as they get a mind of their own and a kitchen of their own, all of that might [Read more...]

Ideas to Help You Master Healthy School Lunches with Georgia Harding (HPC: E73)

They say September is the new January when it comes to meal planning…and January always feels a lot like September when it comes to lunch packing! If you’re about ready for some new ideas, inspiration, and organization to help your kids keep up a nutritious diet all day long, you’ll love this interview. (And if an Australian accent is your fav like me, all the better!) 😉 Georgia Harding is a naturopath whose morning is my nighttime, summer is my winter, and got from health to blogging in the opposite direction as me as well, but on pretty much everything else we’re well-aligned! You’ll love her definition of S.L.O.W. foods ideas of what should go in the lunchbox and routines [Read more...]

The Less-Sugar Solution for Kids (HPC: E72)

Are you fed up yet with all the sugar your kids are served outside your house (or even inside)? This is a great time of year to step back and consider the impact of sugar, learn where it’s hiding, and begin to implement some “less sugar” palate weaning tips for your kids….before Valentine’s Day hits. :/ Today we’ll talk about mindfulness, boundaries, agency, and “why” plus practical ways to train the palate to appreciate less-sweet foods. No time to watch the whole video? Here are the notes! Less-Sugar Solution Video Time Stamps 0:40: After the “sugar-fest” of holidays we’ve just had I want to talk about cutting back on the sugar. It’s not about cutting out all sugar. It’s about [Read more...]

Be a Victor, Not a Victim: Control Your Own Happiness (HPC: E71)

“If only this would change, then I’d be happier…” Ever found yourself thinking that and getting stuck in the “grass is greener” syndrome? Turns out only 10% of your happiness is based on what’s happening in your life. 😮 That’s good news though, because even without changing our situation (toddler tantrums over the wrong color shirt, whack-a-mole 6-year-olds who won’t stay in bed at night, a floor that constantly needs to be swept or a tween who is being bullied at school) — we CAN change our Happiness Set Point!!! Meet Margie Bissinger, a physical therapist who discovered that teaching happiness habits to her patients in chronic pain actually improved more than just their grumpy conversations. You’ve heard from her [Read more...]

De-stress in December with Stress Mastery Experts

This week we’re sharing a Healthy Parenting Connector interview related to stress mastery each day! Find the notes below and check back each day for an update! Stress is something we all deal with that can be hugely detrimental to our health and relationships but also something that’s often brushed off as “normal” or “not a big deal.” Have you ever heard a friend laughing off her stress as if it’s a joke to think she has time to deal with it? Maybe you’ve been there too. Even if we can see the negative effects of stress on ourselves and our families it can be so hard to actually make changes to reduce the stress in our lives. I’ve taken [Read more...]

Only 7% of Communication is your Words! How to Listen with C.A.R.E. (with a stress educator) (HPC: E66)

Tildet Varon learned the power of healing from within through numerous tragedies in her life, leading her to become a sought after speaker and inner mastery specialist. She helps people improve their personal and professional lives BY feeling less stress, not by working harder. She is a master at transforming stress into success and connecting to your own intuition and joy for a more fulfilling experience of life, and most importantly, she is a mom of 3 treasures. In this episode of the Healthy Parenting Connector we’ll talk about the power of effective communication – how to hear and be heard – something all parents need for sure! In this video you’ll learn: How you can cultivate the skill of [Read more...]

How to Build a Healthy B.R.A.I.N. with Dr. Louise Swartswalter (HPC: E64)

Dr. Louise Swartswalter was at death’s door and on oxygen for 3 years when she was a special ed teacher juggling her two kids. If that’s not a serious health crisis, I don’t know what is! She wouldn’t accept being sick forever though, and her quest for health became a new passion and career. She found that working with special ed kids and healing her own brain were remarkably similar. Now she specializes in healing and balancing the human brain through her signature B.R.A.I.N. System, the most comprehensive healing system for the brain, body, soul, and life. She mostly focuses on helping professionals improve their business and lives through optimizing their brains, but she agreed to talk to us today [Read more...]

Why Autism Spectrum Disorder Goes Beyond Behavior with Dr. Emily Gutierrez (HPC: E62)

Is autism a behavior disorder or a physiological disease? You might be surprised to hear Dr. Emily Gutierrez’s perspective that there is always a physical root cause that is affecting the brain – which means parents can control that and help their children heal! In fact, anyone with a chronic disease (and 1 in 2 of us have one) would benefit from this education-packed interview as we delve into functional medicine and how we can be detectives in our own lives and those of our children to determine what our bodies may need to function at our best. Dr. Gutierrez’s new book, The Parent’s Roadmap to Autism: A Functional Approach, is an amazing resource for parents who may not have [Read more...]

What are the Best Kitchen Knives for Kids? {Review} (HPC: E61)

One question I get asked a lot here at Kids Cook Real Food is: “What is a good kid-safe knife?” On today’s Healthy Parenting Connector, we’ve got all our kid knives out and we’ll be going over the pros and cons of each to help you decide which knives will suit your needs best! We talk about knives specifically made for kids, plastic safety knives, our favorite kid knife that shows up in the Kids Cook Real Food videos and even dollar store paring knives. Be sure to check out the links to everything we talk about below! No time to watch the whole video? Here are the notes! Kid-Safe Knife Review Video Time Stamps 0:47: We start out with [Read more...]