One of the most common concerns we hear from parents is ‘How can I make sure I don’t pass my issues with food/body image on to my kids”. Navigating diet culture is tricky enough without raising lil niños too! It’s harder when a lot of the messages around feeding kids are rooted in diet culture! “Sugar is bad!”, “Limit snacks to 100kcal” and hell, even food tracking apps for kids!
At the same time we also know that parents talk to kids about dieting as young as TWO years old and that as many as 40% of parents have encouraged their kids to diet. A recent study of 5-year old girls found that 34% were already restricting their food intake, and another showed that kids whose parents encouraged them to diet were more likely to: engage in disordered eating, have lower body satisfaction, experience depression, and have lower self-esteem. All in all, not a recipe for a healthy relationship to food or bodies!
So we have designed a workshop to help parents raise kids who have a happy and healthy relationship to food and their bodies.
- A framework for child feeding that takes the pressure off of kids + help support parents
- How fussy eating develops + tools to get over it
- How restrictive feeding can backfire
- Responsive feeding and how to support kids’ innate hunger + fullness signals
- How to create positive mealtimes (no negotiating, bargaining or pleading them to eat their veggies!)
- Tips on how to talk about food + bodies that helps without harming
- We’ll also be answering the age-old question; is Peppa Pig fat-phobic? (spoiler: probably yes)
What you get:
- 4 hour workshop
- Ability to ask questions and get tailored advice from Registered Nutrition professionals and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor
- Practical tools, tips, and resources for helping your child build a healthy relationship with food and their body
- Tea/ coffee throughout the day
- Breakfast (pastries, smoothies, fruit)
- A loaded goody bag
- Take-home handouts and tools
Run by Registered Nutritionist Laura Thomas, PhD, and Registered Dietitians Jess Rann and Camilla Ferraro
This workshop is open to parents + caretakers of kids of any age. Babies are welcome.
Please get in touch if you have any acessibility requirements – the space can be adapted to be wheelchair accessible but we need a little heads up.
Tickets will include a breakfast pastry, fruit, smoothie, tea and coffee during the workshop and a goody bag and lots of handouts and resources to take home.
Please get in touch if you have any dietary requirements.