Book Review: French Kids Eat Everything

French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy EatersFrench Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters by Karen Le Billon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I’m into French Parenting books. As a reformed picky eater, I’m fascinated by the topic of food and kids. Frances still has two months before she tries her first bite, and I still can’t help but read all about it!

In French Kids Eat Everything, Le Billon and her French husband decide to leave Vancouver, B.C. and take their two young daughters to spend a year in the village where he grew up. They found that it was impossible to fit in to their new home without adopting French eating habits, so that’s how the story begins.
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Meal Planning for Young Children

Now some of you have children who will willingly eat the family meal, spinach and all.  Well done!  I would love to know how you did it.  My three year old won’t be receiving specialized cuisine for the rest of his life but for now it makes mealtime infinitely easier.  Simply listing out a few ideas for breakfasts, lunches and dinners and then posting it has made life so much easier.   It means that we don’t have to think in the morning after a horrid night with the baby and that we can be sure to have items on hand for kid-friendly meals.

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Meal Solutions for Picky Toddlers

food suggestions for picky toddlersBefore my son was a toddler, he was a perfect eater––gulping down pureed spinach with the best of them.  But when he turned two, all green foods became instantly poisonous.  So much for my dreams of a child who dined on feta cheese and kate!  Still, lately we realized that we weren’t doing a good job of stretching his food comfort zone and decided to try a few new tricks.

Four easy tactics have made an enormous difference at our house.  We’re expanding his palate, making simple foods, and avoiding the struggle over what to eat.

Here are our recent discoveries:

  1. Limit snacks.  If Roscoe is really hungry at mealtime, he is far more likely to eat a healthy meal.
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