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The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat--And Eat Healthy

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SAY GOOD-BYE TO the daily frustration of picky eating with these effective child-tested, parent-approved No-Cry solutions--including healthy, family-friendly recipes

"Without expecting parents to earn their registered dietitian degree by the end of the book, [Pantley] ably explains why a healthy diet is important and includes some kid-favorite recipes from best-selling cook
Paperback, 186 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by McGraw-Hill (first published September 16th 2011)
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Allison Carter
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Many pages in here dedicated to *why* you should make your toddler eat healthy and why what they eat matters. Which, yeah, I KNOW, that is why I am reading this. The problem is I can not get my toddler to even leave them on his plate, let alone put them in his mouth without gagging. I was hoping there would be a little more in here on strategies as to how to get your child to even be open to trying new things. Appreciated the whole "hidden veggies" recipes and pre ...more
Mostly common sense suggestions with a large section dedicated to parents whose kids eat unhealthy foods (weaning your kid off soda, white bread, etc.). Also the book talks about how to get your kids to eat the family meals (rather than something separate), but all the recipes in the back are cutesy kid recipes that wouldn't be suitable for a family dinner, just snacks and lunches. I liked the section that encourages using imaginative language to describe foods, but again much of it seemed like ...more
Two of my four kids are quite picky especially! (which is why I got this book from the library). The beginning of the book explains what a picky eater is and how to tell if your child is picky. I don't think parents reading this book need to be told what a picky eater does and doesn't do. We know! It did have a few good ideas that I can incorporate: making a rule that you must try 2 bites before saying you don't like something, having water to drink at mealtimes, using more whole gr ...more
Not really any new info in here for me. My problem is a child who refuses to try anything new. The only suggestion is putting it in front of her repeatedly. This causes meltdowns for my child do I guess I just need to wait until she grow out of it.
The book was a nice reminder that I'm not alone and I'm not a bad mother! Good information on portion sizes and snack ideas.
Do you have a picky eater? Me too, but thanks to this book, maybe not forever.

When I discovered this book, I snapped it up and read it through. It is easy to read, trim with only the most pertinent information that is highly usable. This book shines by giving the reader an understanding and empathy for what our children are going through and comfort that their behavior is normal, (our children aren't trying to drive us nuts). I no longer feel guilty about my daughter's food preferences and can f
Lee-ann Sleegers
The No Cry Picky Eater Solution by Elizabeth Pantley from McGraw Hill Ryerson, 2012

I admit I am one of those parents who, prior to reading this book, considered daughter to be a picky eater. Of particular concern to me is the lack of meat her diet and the overall volume of food she does or rather doesn't consume.

I have read Ms. Pantley's books in the past and used her methods with other challenges with great success. The same is true of the No Cry Picky Eater Solution which starts off telling yo
Asha Carlos
Written by Pantley, a mother of four as well as an author of six other successful parenting books, it clearly indicates the various issues that parents will face when handling picky eaters. The author claims that studies indicate that a child’s pickiness is heredity and their like or dislike for certain vegetables is all due to genetic makeup ie if a parent used to love eating peas when they were small, it is very likely the child will also have the same preference. I personally found this book ...more
The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution is a great resource for parents. It is packed full of positive tips from other parents and experts. Right away you realize, hey my three year old is not the only picky child. Actually, being picky is very common. Elizabeth shares all kinds of tips and tricks to encourage your child to eat a more healthy balanced meal. Some of these tips include how to sneak veggies in, healthy snacks and portions, charts and , more.

Here is a tip I found quite helpful, start mixing
The actual content of the book wasn't really anything new but reading it helped me stimulate our own creativity to come up with new ways to get Abby to eat her veggies. The hubs is great at coming up with goofy names for each bite. Something like "Pepper-bean-suprise". Lame but it works. She especially likes when each bite is a "potion" that is supposed to make her do something (ex: moo like a cow) and she gets to decide if it worked or not. (Note that was not in the book, but reading about solu ...more
This book is simple, straightforward, & easy to digest. The tips are practical and, as other reviewers have mentioned, can probably be found all over the internet. However, it's nice to have everything in one place for easy reference. Most importantly, I was reassured that my toddler's picky eating habits, compounded by his metabolic disorder, are 1- typical for his age & 2- not nearly as bad as I have imagined them. This is not the book for you if your child has an eating disorder but i ...more
I mistakenly thought that this was a cookbook dedicated to child-friendly recipes, and while it has a few in the very back of the book, most of the book is dedicated to WHY children should eat healthier along with a few practical solutions for parents to try with their picky eaters. There was no magic formula in this book, but there was reassuring advice about my child's natural eating habits (she's not as picky as I once thought)! The book also contains some very good tips about making eating f ...more
Lisa  Marie
I LOVE the Pantley's books that I have read so far and this one is no exception. I don't think I have extreme picky eaters like the ones in the book, but this book still gave me some new ideas that I really enjoyed and made me actually feel really good about how my kids already eat. I had NO idea that 4 green beans was a serving size for tiny tots, so I learned my kids really are getting in quite a few veggies even when I think they may not be. She uses the recipes from The Sneaky Chef book as w ...more
There's a lot of very helpful information in this book, such as portion sizes for children of different ages and picky eating actually looks like. The reassurance from the author that picky eating is common and generally caused by developmental stages/physiological difference between adults and children is very normalising - it makes you feel as though you're not alone. I also liked the suggestions to make food fun, such as giving it funny names like Magic Trees for broccoli or Wriggly Worms for ...more
Like all these no-cry books, I think the most valuable aspect is the camaraderie it inspires. Despite my best efforts it helps to know I'm not the only one battling this. I found a few new good tips to try. I also appreciate the little ego boost that I don't have to break my kids of of their soda habit at age 2 (although perhaps I should take some of those tips to heart for me!)
I didn't get to finish this before it had to go back to the library but I thought it seemed pretty good. I like Pantley's style and perspective. I was one of the test parents in the creation of this book.
Easy to read with lots of great tips. The recommendations follow much of what many of my coworkers do with their feeding groups at our clinic, and I definitely agree with the methodology presented.
This is the sort of book you grab off the "New Releases" shelf at the library when you have a 2 1/2 year old who seems to think he can live mosly on mac & cheese, bread, yogurt, fruit, and pizza.
I would recommend this to parents with young children, maybe birth to age 4... For older kids there really weren't any good suggestions.
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Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. Her presentations are received with enthusiasm, and praised as realistic, warm and helpful.

She is a regular radio show guest and frequently quoted as a parenting expert in newspapers
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