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Dina Rose, PhD believes all children can learn to have a happy, healthy relationship with food.
Dina has been helping parents raise children who eat right for more than a decade. She gives parents a realistic plan for living in the real world. Get the parent support you deserve.
We’ve been using your tips for trying veggies and new foods for about six months. Our three year old is asked to try (touch, lick, smell, nibble) on a regular basis. Tonight was broccoli. He said he didn’t want it but I asked him to try it. He said he’d touch it. He reported it felt soft as he rubbed it on his lips. I said yeah it does feel soft when it’s cooked. Then he proceeded to nibble it…and then ate it! My husband and I gave each other air high fives. So much easier than the alternatives.
— Grace S.
I am definitely going to add back in more formula until she is doing better. Thank you for taking time to help me think through it! Btw, your article on things to say besides “just try it” was LIFE CHANGING with my son. Just wanted to say thanks while I had your attention! 😄
— Jayme B.
[L]earning about the habit/teaching mindset over the nutrition mindset has helped me relax A LOT at mealtime, and we just started the Big Fix a few days ago.
Lo and behold, on Monday my kid ASKED to try a piece of whole wheat pasta straight out of the pot!!! He has always refused to touch any kind of pasta, and then out of the blue, as he saw me stirring veggies and chicken into the cooked pasta, he asked to try. I really think that me being able to be much more relaxed at mealtimes has already helped us so much.
All this to say, thank you Dina!!
— Jennifer F.
I went home and told my kids about your talk and the idea of sensory exploration instead of saying “it is healthy – eat it.” My daughter (10 and quite a picky eater) was particularly taken and loved this idea. I gave her a small piece of calamari over dinner and she smelled it, touched it and then popped it into her mouth and loved it (it is fried but she had never wanted to try it before!). Today she was reflected on how smell and texture are particularly important to her. I can’t thank you enough for that incredibly useful talk – it could potentially be truly transformative for my daughter’s eating!
— Miriam L.
Celebrating a small success in teaching my 5 year old about proportion! While he would love to eat treats all the time, this evening he said that he just wants plain milk, instead of milk with honey because he already had cake at a birthday party!
— Kristina A.
You are right. Now I feel that I can relax and everybody can enjoy the summer, grandparents and grandchildren alike. We will probably get to normal routines back home. I told my parents they can give them whatever they want when they want, and that I trust their judgement that they will keep it within acceptable limits for the kids ages (under 5). They were really happy to hear that and that we “gave them permission” to give their grandchildren the “grandparents experience”. I really appreciate that you took the time to give me this advice. It is kind of life changing and it saves us a lot of conflicts. Thank you! 💕
— Alexandra F.