Picky Eating 101
Raising a Happy Eater
Next class starts: Spring 2017
Registration opens: To be announced
Teachers: Jehanne Hill (Occupational Therapist) and Erin MacGregor (Registered Dietician)
Do you have a picky eater at home? Do you want to stop being a short-order cook? This learn-at-your-own-pace, online class is for any parent looking for information and strategies on how to raise a happy, healthy eater.
We’ll cover what it means to be a happy (competent) eater, how to help children enjoy eating and learn to like new foods, nutrition basics (so you feel confident you’re providing healthy foods for your family), and tips and strategies for everything from meal planning to meal times.
In week two, Erin, our Registered Dietician co-teaching the class, will provide practical nutritional advice to help parents feel prepared and confident in their ability to make healthy food choices for their family. She’ll provide parents with some great tips for understanding food labels and making meal planning more manageable.
In other weeks, we’ll cover information on the role our senses play in eating, what kids need to feel more confident about the food they eat, and practical strategies that will help family meal times feel more enjoyable for everyone.
Best of all, we’ll be available on our private forum for all your picky eating questions throughout the 4 weeks of class (plus an additional bonus week).
Family meal times and teaching your kids about food doesn’t have to be a stressful battle every day. Join us as we explore ways to raise happy, healthy eaters. We’ll be there with you each step of the way as you begin to incorporate strategies and figure out what works for your family.
*Tip: Check with your insurance provider as you may qualify for private insurance coverage for Dietitian or Occupational Therapy services.
Week one: We begin this class with an introduction to how we create learning experiences for our kids when it comes to food. We’ll cover the responsibilities of both parents and kids when it comes to eating (and why understanding and trusting your child with their responsibility is pivotal to raising a happy eater).
Week two: We dive into the basics of food nutrition and give you practical tips for family meal planning. This week will leave you feeling more confident in your ability to provide balanced and nutritious meals for your family.
Week three: This week will provide you with strategies around more pleasant meal times, including how to manage your expectations, incorporate family style serving, create routines and schedules around eating, and use behavioural strategies to keep kids at the table.
Week four: We like to call this implementation week. It’s an opportunity for you to put all the information into practice as we help you troubleshoot through strategies and send you on your way to raising a more confident, content, and happier little eater.
All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)
On the first Thursday of class, Jehanne and Erin will share Lesson 1 in the forum and e-mail it to every student (we like to use Thursday as our start date as it gives you the weekend to read and digest the material while it’s still fresh in your mind). They will also be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons. Each week will follow the same pattern.
The beauty of this class and every other class at Collective Therapy is that you can read, practice, and participate in class throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you. This means from any timezone, anywhere you have Internet access, and at any time of day. Most students spend 2-4 hours per week “in class” (this includes reading the lesson and participating in the forum).
If you have any questions please feel free to email email@example.com.
What you’ll get out of this workshop:
- Access to our members-only forum. This is where the ‘aha’ moments happen as students and teachers share experiences, ask questions freely, and encourage one another.
- Weekly learning modules for you to download, print, and keep as a helpful reference
- Understand basic nutrition and how to incorporate it into your meal planning for your family
- Develop knowledge and strategies to help your child develop healthy eating habits and learn to love food.
Is this class for you?
This class is for any parent looking for support and a few extra tools for dealing with their child’s picky eating habits.