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5 Mistakes (some) Parents Make When Praising Their Picky Eater

Guest Post from Feeding Specialist, Melanie Potuck

5 Mistakes Parents Make Praising Their Picky Eater (1)What’s parenting got to do with raising a healthy eater?  Everything.

Now, that’s not to say that kids become picky eaters because of “bad” parenting. When I teach classes around the United States, the audience learns that kids with serious feeding challenges got there because something went awry with their physiology, sensory or motor development, and consequently, children quickly learn to limit what they’ll eat.

For example, an infant with severe gastroesophageal reflux (chronic heartburn is one symptom) learns to avoid breast or bottle-feeding until their hunger pangs override the heartburn. They’ll typically only consume about two ounces and will often stop abruptly once the pain of eating is greater than the hunger. Treating the discomfort with medication doesn’t always resolve the feeding challenges, however, because the child needs to “unlearn” the lesson that eating hurts.

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Join me for The Mom Conference 2015

Want some help minimizing the hard stuff and maximizing the wonderful
stuff of motherhood?



The Mom Conference is a totally FREE three-day online event featuring some truly amazing speakers and YOU are invited to attend!

Join over 100,000 moms around the world on October 13, 14, and 15th and come away armed with powerful new strategies for everything from sibling rivalry to healthy eating to finding more joy in motherhood.

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Being a mom can be overwhelming at times, right?! The Mom Conference involves 20 online classes to make motherhood more enjoyable. 20 rock star speakers (mostly moms) will teach you how to:

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The Single Most Important Parenting Action We Can Do Today


A few years ago my dad apologized for being distracted throughout my childhood. “I’m deeply sorry for that,” he wrote. “I hope you always knew how much I loved you.”

My dad didn’t go into detail about what he was sorry for … he didn’t need to. I knew. I remember.

But I remember something more.

I remember walking across campus to my dad’s office everyday afterschool for over a decade. Upon my arrival, I would find my dad sitting at his desk surrounded by piles of papers and books. Although the empty chair sitting beside him was probably for a colleague in need of curriculum guidance or a college student seeking scheduling assistance, I always believed that empty chair was for me.

Dad would look up from whatever he was doing and greet me with a smile. Then, as if on cue, he’d place the cap on the black felt-tip pen that he used to grade papers or draft notes. The pen cap gesture was my signal. It meant my dad wanted to hear about my day. Sometimes I told him a few things, other times I went on and on about something exciting or dramatic that happened at school. My dad would listen, nod, and sometimes add his two cents. Without fail, my dad would smile as if hearing about my day was the best part of his day

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Family Sites You Won’t Want to Miss!

PPSeyeballMy new book, The Me, Me, Me Epidemic is officially in bookstores now and I am so grateful for the amazing tribe of Un-Entitling Ambassadors — leading parenting experts and brilliant bloggers – who helped me share this book and the Un-Entitling Toolbox with the world. I encourage you to visit their sites and blogs and soak in all they have to offer. You’ll find them content-rich, right-on-point, some absolutely hysterical and others that seem like they are speaking directly to you.  These leaders bring insights, solutions, humor, creativity and lots of love to our community of parents and caregivers. Check them out today! Thank you to this brilliant team of “Un-Entitling Ambassadors”! Read More

The Top Ten Things You’ll Learn From My Book

The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

PPS-top-10-book-LEARNI get it! There are a LOT of choices when it comes to finding great reads and resources for raising kids who are not only well behaved…but well on their way to being happy, healthy, independent people when they grow up. With that said, I hope you’ll indulge me while I shamelessly share with you ten great reasons why I think you should pick up a copy of my new book – The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic today.

You’ll get the tools to…

  1.  Say NO. One of the toughest challenges for parents in today’s world is to set limits you and your kids can feel good about – and make them stick.
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Some big news to share with YOU!

The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic is here!


It’s that time – or ALMOST that time anyway!  My new book, The “ME, ME, ME” EPIDEMIC: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World hits bookstores in less than a month on August 11, 2015!

This book has been a labor of love for more than two years and it’s a topic that parents everywhere are concerned about. In today’s 24/7, often over-stimulated, over-indulged, can’t-get-enough culture, even the best parents struggle to find the energy to say “no” to their kids—even when they most need to hear it.

Whether you’re starting from scratch with toddlers or navigating the teen years, this book will be your go-to guide to solving your biggest parenting struggles and ridding your home of the entitlement epidemic.   You’ll learn 35 easy-to-implement, un-entitling tools for empowering your kids without indulging them. Fueling their spirit – not just funding their wish-lists.  Fostering respect, compassion and gratitude, rather than focusing on themselves. Teaching responsibility, resilience and real-world skills. And parenting in powerfully positive, proactive, life-changing ways. 

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