Who has heard this part of the classic holiday song "And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again?" I finally understand why my mom loved this part of the song when I was young. Anyone struggling with lack of routine as the holidays come to a close?
Maybe your kids are getting stir crazy (and you can’t wait for them to go back to school), or perhaps you have been sick or just not taking care of yourself like normal. Kids thrive on routines, and sometimes behavior - especially at mealtime - is affected when the routine is off.
Judy - while being an amazing feeding therapist - is actually a child development specialist who sees her clients struggle with lack of routine this time of year. (Don’t we all?) She sees about 30 clients a week in their homes, and this week the theme with her clients has been how to get back on track with family meals, grocery shopping, consistent (yet flexible) routines, and self-care.
Here are some of her tips:
Megan and Judy, co-owners of Feeding Littles, bring you helpful info on food, nutrition, picky eating, and feeding young children. Megan McNamee MPH, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Judy Delaware, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist specializing in feeding therapy with children 3 and under in Boulder, Colorado. Megan and Judy are both moms of two and love helping families develop a healthy appetite for all foods!