Practical Parenting: E is for


EATING HABITS – we sometimes forget that eating is a social habit as well as a nutritional requirement for our bodies! While we focus on how much our children are eating and whether it is the right foods and get in a state about their fussy behaviour, we are inviting ourselves into a battleground of wills.

Once your baby has entered the stage of solid food, while taking note of how much milk and solid food they are eating, we also need to be including them in mealtimes up with the rest of the family – even if that is only parent and child.


Once they see parents and or siblings, sitting up at the table to eat and share time together, they want to be part of the social gathering. By bringing your baby to the table in a high chair or on your lap, they begin to see how eating happens, food to mouth, a spoon carries food. They are exposed to conversation while eating; absorbing the vocabulary, the sounds of appreciation of different foods by others and talking about friends and their day at school and work.

While young, it is maybe easier to feed “little one” ahead of the family meal, but include them at the table with some finger food which allows them to be feel part of the experience. It then will not be long until he is fully immersed in the experience of family meals where family bonding takes shape.

baby5Providing a wholesome meal of a protein source, vegetables and low carbohydrate vegetables – or more simply a colourful plate of fresh food, you will embed healthy eating habits from an early age!

About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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