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Last week the Motherlode blog post about picky eaters got well over 200 comments. Obviously a sore spot and matter of concern at dinner tables across the country. The post was written by Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic, a self-proclaimed childhood picky eater turned food-writer and author of the book SUFFERING SUCCOTASH; A Picky Eater’s Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate, published by Perigee Publishing, the same publisher who will be putting out my Slow Family Living book next March!

The book delves into the plight of the picky eater. Lucianovic takes her questions into labs and the inner sanctums of feeding clinics. She interviews “fellow picky eaters and adventurous foodies young and old.”  And attempts to answer what it means to be a picky eater and what we can do about it.

It’s part memoir, part scientific analysis, and in whole a good read for anyone who as either uttered or heard the phrase, “Three more bites and you’re done.”

I’ll be giving a copy of this book away next week and will pick a winner on Tuesday, July 17th. If you’d like to be entered in the drawing, just leave a comment about your own picky eating days as a child or about your days of parenting a picky eater.


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Is this goodbye to Brain Child?

Well, in a way it is. As of May 31st Brain,Child Magazine has decided to shut down its print publication. August will be the last issue. 13 years after their first issue. I remember the first time I found that magazine – just about a year into my own parenting journey. I felt like I had found gold! Beautiful images and real stories from the trenches. At the beginning my own parenting journey was full of dogma, ideas that my way was the right way. I even submitted a story about preschool and how my way to do it was the right way. I now realize my ego was blinding me to the fact that there is more than one way to educate a child, raise a family, and tend to your own parenting. This realization was due in part to their wide range of stories presented.

I loved that magazine for so many reasons.   I loved the amazing writing that filled its pages and the debates that took place so eloquently put as to make me definitely see both sides of the coin. I loved the book reviews and news from the world of parenting issues. I loved the dogma free tone that showed me aspects of parenting that I never thought about. The stories in there made me mad, sad, sentimental, empathetic, laugh and empowered. I loved the way I could dive into each new issue and totally abandon my children for a few hours of delicious reading time. I always joked that it was the one parenting magazine that made me a bad parent for the way it would make me ignore everyone in my house!

And I loved having Slow Family in its pages issue after issue.

The magazine will continue online.  don’t know if I’ll read it there or not but if you’re an online reading kind of person, I hope you do.

I’m sorry to see Brain Child go. To all of the amazing people there I say congratulations for an amazing job well done. And my condolences too for having to come to this decision.

It’s a sad day for the print world. And a sad day for new moms who won’t know the thrill of curling up with an issue behind a closed door while your children call to you from another room.

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Being Present; Teaching Presence

Staying present is a constant battle of mine. My goal is presence with myself, with the people I’m with and with the task at hand. I used to take great pride in my ability to multi-task and now uni-tasking is the goal. It’s hard sometimes with 4 kids in tow all shouting, “look at me!!!” simultaneously. It’s hard when there are phones and laptops and errands and chores. But when I remember, all is calmer, kinder and gentler too.

Recently in the New York Times Motherlode blog, she asks, in regards to all the new texting devices designed for kids, “how young is too young? How much is too much?”

I think the age is for each family to decide on their own. But I do think that all kids will need to be given guidance and guidelines in regards to using all these devices being put in their lives. They will need to be taught presence. They will need to be taught to love the ones they’re with. They will need to be shown how to unplug and tune in to the people around them. And they will need to be shown too the benefits: mental, physical and emotional, of presence.

How do you do it in your house?

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