Parenting a Fussy or Picky Eater?
Picky Eating Can Begin With Common Feeding Practices
Your child doesn’t come with a feeding manual. Picky eating in babies, toddlers and older kids is more common than you realize with 25% of typically developing children never growing out of it.
Using the wrong spoon ♦ Limiting your child’s diet to “kid foods” like chicken-nuggets
Improper positioning in the high chair ♦ Using sippy cups instead of straws
Preparing separate foods for kids and adults ♦ Offering too many snacks ♦ Dependence on "pediatric" milks
Melanie Potock’s courses, books & articles focus on raising kids to be healthy, happy eaters. From babies to toddlers to teens, “Coach Mel” is here to help.
Pediatric Feeding Expert and Author
Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is a mom who once had a picky eater. She’s experienced first-hand the stress that parents feel when they are worried about their child’s nutritional health. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find Melanie blending her knowledge of feeding therapy with practical parenting strategies that help the entire family eat healthier. She’s an international speaker and author of three books, including co-authoring the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater. Whether you're raising a child who seems to be on the path to loving all kinds of healthy foods (and you want to keep it that way) or if your child is stuck in the chicken nugget rut, “Coach Mel” is here to guide you.
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Audiences say it best: If you are looking for a professional speaker who can “provide practical solutions” for parents, caregivers and therapists and your company needs a “highly knowledgeable, organized presenter” with “energy and enthusiasm” who can deliver a “dynamic course”, then your best choice is Melanie Potock.
Now, you’ve got the only on-demand course that includes a pediatrician plus a feeding specialist to guide you from purees to a wide variety of healthy foods. Short and easy instructional videos help you navigate the most common feeding mistakes. Don’t wait until you have troubles at the table. But,if you already do, we can help.
Parents often seek out Mel’s expertise for a variety of concerns including how to make mealtimes less stressful and how to encourage kids to try new foods. Schedule an appointment to speak with Melanie.
Each time we come to see the grandchildren in Colorado, we see that our grandson’s behaviors and eating patterns have improved. Having you come on board to coach us all has been a gift to us from God. We are so thankful for all you have done.
I love the way the course was broken up into “bite sized” segments for each topic. The course was easy to navigate and the different video styles kept me engaged. I could really see the passion Coach Mel and Dr. Yum have for helping children develop healthy, happy eating habits. In just 2 weeks I’m already seeing changes in my son’s eating. He is excited for meal time and is trying new foods finally!
I love the idea of them being accountable for their school lunches. I plan on making a board for them to choose the food to put in their lunches :)There were so many great takeaways from this course for our whole family and I’ve already referred other parents and our OT to the book and website.
I liked the specific recommendations on things to try: many very feasible & were demonstrated clearly. I wish I had learned some of this while he was in the nice, as I would have been better prepared to support positive feeding–as it is much more than just smiling… Hopefully other parents can get similar info earlier.
How grateful I am to have found the food whisperer…and her name is Melanie.
Melanie changed our lives. In one year our son has gone from being spoon fed and frequently gagging to now eating our everyday food and enjoying one of the most significant parts of life. Our mealtimes are now what we had always imagined – all of us eating around the table, enjoying our meal and sharing our daily activities. No longer will our family meals be a time consuming and frustrating task. Most of all our son is happy and enjoying food for the first time in his life. We couldn’t have done it without Melanie’s loving care.
“I am so thankful to have come into contact with Melanie Potock. Her skill at working with special needs children who need help learning to feed themselves is evident from any video or tip she shares. She is able to easily pick out products that are appropriate for individual children based on precisely what they need.”
What a great course. I learned more than I thought I would and about things I never even paid much attention too,.. Like baby spoons! I got some great tips and ideas to try with my little one who is almost two but is just learning about food.
This is the best feeding course I have ever been to. So many treatment suggestions!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the time to come and work with my daughter yesterday! You do important and great work- thank you! My daughter is confident that if she keeps practicing, she’ll be done with this aversion entirely. I felt like the Mary Poppins of Eating blew in yesterday!”