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April 2015 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Positive Parenting: the food issue

April 2015

Providing food to help our children grow is our most fundamental parenting task. It should be simple, right? But food choices and family mealtimes are common pressure points, often causing conflict between parents and children and between adult family members. This month we focus on using positive parenting strategies to avoid food battles with young children, watching our language to promote a positive body image, advice on eating for health and happiness, and early warning signs for eating disorders. Plus other news from The Positive Parenting Project!

There has been a lot in the news lately about sugar addiction and the amount of hidden sugar in our diets. Discover the sugar lurking in your children's favourite foods (Top sources of added sugar), recommended daily sugar intake in a healthy diet and ideas for reducing sugar through sugar swaps.
This month on Thinking Parenting you'll find advice on avoiding food battles with children (Six steps to stress-free mealtimes), a thought-piece on how we can promote a Positive Body Image in Children, and a back-to-basics ten point recipe for How to be a Good Mother to a Teenager (apparently it involves lots of food!). 
 
Did you know good food is good for your mood? There is increasing evidence of a link between what we eat and how we feel - a healthy diet can protect mental health as well as physical health. Find out how different foods affect moods on the Young Minds website, or read the full details in the Mental Health Foundation's Feeding Minds report.
 
The causes of eating disorders are complex but the sooner a sufferer can get help the better. If you are concerned that your child (or someone else you know) may be suffering from an eating disorder, check out the signs and symptoms of different disorders, where to seek help and find advice on caring for a child/teenager with an eating disorder.
 
Want to learn more about positive parenting strategies? The Triple P self-help workbook covers all the same information as an 8-week parenting course but with the added convenience of being able to read it on the train or dip in and out as time permits. There are different parenting workbooks for children aged 1-11 years, teenagers (12+ years) and children with additional needs. For advice and information contact us via the website.
 
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