Webinar: Feeding Kids: Shouldn’t We Talk About the Caregivers?
When kids learn how to eat, caregivers learn how to feed. Yet, this last part is often overlooked, or worse, assumed to be easy (thank you Instagram!). Between unrealistic caregivers’ expectations of what learning-to-eat encompasses, and the mom-centric dominant narrative that minimizes fathers, caregivers may find feeding kids very challenging.
When feeding issues arise, it is common to see advice targeting novel food exposures, cute shapes, and fun ways to increase food acceptance. What else are we missing in conventional family nutrition practice? In this webinar we will focus on the lesser-discussed, but equally important issues around feeding kids. Informed by our research and clinical experience, we will shift away from a kid-centric approach, turning our attention toward the role of caregivers.
We will discuss:
- Caregivers’ unrealistic expectations: what Instagram tells you “normal eating” should be.
- The role of fathers: an uncaptured and underserved population.
- Mixed-race families: meshing two sets of cultural norms and values.
- When feeding brings up the caregiver’s trauma: breaking the intergenerational cycle.
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Maude Perreault & Sarthak Matravadia
Maude Perreault is a Registered Dietitian and Research Fellow in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph studying food parenting and the development of food literacy in children. Sarthak Matravadia holds a PhD in nutrition and exercise physiology from the University of Guelph. He is currently a dietetics student interested in the role of fathers in family nutrition and Eating Disorder care for BIPoC folks.
Together, Maude and Sarthak support parents through their online private practice, with a focus on helping parents team up and tackle “picky eating” with their toddlers, while respecting their cultural values.