It’s been a bit of a crazy month, and after last weeks live Q&A (which btw watch this space …we have decided to leave the ‘live’ ummm ‘live’ and we’ll be posting some #WhatyaThink questions soon) our feet haven’t touched the ground. The questions were really wide ranging and to give you the ‘flavour’ (pun intended) here was one of the questions (we all wonder about this one) and the answer from the expert Dr Emma Haycraft of the Child Feeding Guide:
Question: How do I stop my child eating junk at play dates?
Answer: This is a tricky situation that many parents find themselves in. The best way to approach this is to speak to the other parent and explain that you’d prefer your little one not to have too much unhealthy food, and see if the parent will modify what they’re offering the children. What you want to avoid is a situation where all the other children are eating chocolate biscuits and crisps, while your child is offered carrot sticks and grapes, as this will make the ‘restricted’ foods (the junk food) seem all the more appealing to your child and, if this happens repeatedly, your child is likely to eat even more of these unhealthy foods on future occasions (e.g., at birthday parties when they might be freely available).
You can find out more about restriction from the Child Feeding Guide website. We recommend all foods in moderation, so try speaking to the other child’s parents and asking if some healthy foods can be offered alongside less healthy ones. I hope this helps!
Dr Emma Haycraft
Nice one Emma! Meanwhile Jill will be out galavanting with the fab Bloomsbury Beginnings on Friday, check the events page for details, and next week we are doing an event with City Parents.
Opps almost forgot – need to catch up on your first aid training? we are running a session this saturday in Holborn £55 of the best advice and a certificate too! 6 hour session. Want to book no problemo do the clickedy thing HERE
Diary add in dates: First wednesday in June for coffee morning meet up and in the evening After work Paediatric First Aid