Just sending you a quick note to thank you for having this page. With your guidance and advice, my wife and I have been fairly successful at diminishing the meal time power struggles with our son. Recently, though, with the tougher tastes and textures, it's been, "have a few more bites." To which he would respond, "how many is a few more?" And that would create more power struggle.
The other day I read some comment on your page about not forgetting to fix the fix or correct the correction. A light bulb went off and I went home last night and had a huddle with my wife. I realized we had been telling him that he can'tt rust his own sense of knowing when he's full.
So we came to an agreement and as we sat down to eat I told him that he is a big boy now and that he is the best judge of when he has had enough to eat. You should have seen the look of relief and excitement on his five year old face as he goes, "really?!" That being said, I also told him that we don't like to waste food in our family.
So a big THANK YOU!!! I can see this moving us to a new, less stressful chapter in our meal time approach. I will continue to send more fans your way!
-- Nickolas L.
Dr. Rose provides pediatricians with a refreshing approach to counseling parents about feeding their children. She challenges us to let go of our traditional focus on nutrition and start a discussion about behavior. Dina's basic tenets of serving foods in proportion to their nutritive value, rotating the foods we eat each day, and consuming all types of food in moderation have the power to transform the family meal and the health of our next generation.
--Mary Ann Rigas, MD (Pediatrician, Potter County, PA)
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 brocolli. 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.
Most grand rounds are educational…the intent is always outcome driven….to reinforce current practice parameters; promote ideas in anticipation of change; change behaviors. Very few grand rounds approach being transformational in terms of a paradigm switch….your grand rounds was in this latter category.
- David Turkewitz, MD, Chair Pediatrics York Hospital, Past President Pennsylvania Academy of Pediatrics
It has been several months since you advised me on how to educate my son to not throw food. I want you to know that your advice was spot on. For many months now, we've actually enjoyed meal time and there is less mess to cleanup!! You got to the root of the problem which was teaching my son to communicate (in a different way) that he's all done with his food. Before I spoke to you, I thought he was throwing food for fun with no reason behind it. You made me see the light.
I just wanted to send you a note of encouragement and thanks. I have used the information on your site both personally and professionally. The tips and advice you provide are so helpful to many of the parents I work with. I am referring some families to your workshop in March. Thank you for the work you do.
- Laura K., LCSW
Dina Rose of "Its Not About Nutrition" provides a fresh and unique way of helping parents teach their children to have a healthy relationship with food and develop life long healthful eating habits. I hosted Dina's talk last night for the first time and have been raving all day to friends and family about her philosophy and approach. She teaches -- in an honest, real and no nonsense way -- that kids' eating habits and behaviors have a lot to do with factors other than what we as parents usually think about, and how we can really help them develop good eating from an early age. Her presentation is so effective because she genuinely understands what real life parents experience at the dinner table, and she offers practical solutions and information in a clear way and with warmth and humor. I would highly recommend that every parent and grandparent attend one of her workshops.
- Chana Balk, Brooklyn BabyBites
Hi Dina! I was at your presentation for babybites a couple of weeks ago. I just wanted to tell you I thought it was fabulous. It was really interesting to hear how you think about these things -- I thought you were incredibly smart in your insights and your presentation. I work in the food world and am raising kids and have thought a ton about healthy eating and healthy habits and etc, but you really gave me lots of new things to think about and I really appreciated it! Fabulous work, really.
- Molly W.