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Joyfully, Compassionately, Bravely, Patiently, Proactively, Consistently, Mindfully

Do any of these words define how you would like to live your life, how you would like to guide your children? I was obsessively scrolling through Facebook the other day (like I do every day!) and I came across one of those quizzy things that would tell you what your word of 2016 would be. I see people taking and posting the results of those types of things all the day long, but I am secret quiz taker. I like to see the results, but don’t want to admit out loud that I waste my time with that stuff. It led me to thinking though about my experience these past several months with the Doctor Yum Project and with writing these blog posts and I have a few final thoughts I wanted to share.

The words listed above are the 7 parenting strategies that are used through the book Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater- A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating written by Doctor Yum herself, Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, and her colleague Coach Mel, Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP. Both of these women are committed to helping those of us who are clueless on setting our children on the right course of eating for the rest of their lives. If you apply the guidelines defined by these inspiring and uplifting words you will nourish your child not just nutritionally, but emotionally, too. (Their words, not mine-I cannot take credit for that kind of awesomeness!)

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So for now I leave you with this:

Joyfully strive to be happy with who you are while working hard to be better than yesterday.

Compassionately try to understand not just yourself but your children while trying to make small changes.

Bravely commit to trying every last thing you are asking your children to try. Your example will work wonders!

Patiently work through your goals. Don’t set yourself or your kiddies up for failure.

Proactively plan, plan plan! It goes a long way to lay it all out ahead of time.

Consistently try! Like the old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Mindfully inspire others. Not just your young ones learn from you. You have the ability to encourage anyone around you!

So please check out this awesome, amazing, and truly encouraging book! For those of you who have faithfully followed this journey, enter below for a chance to win a signed copy for your personal use. You have until Jan. 31 to enter!

Thanks to Doctor Yum for this experience! My future healthier self thanks you as well.

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About Doctor Yum


Nimali Fernando, MD is a local pediatrician and mom who is passionate about teaching families about feeding kids nutritious foods. Follow her blog to find out about local healthy food finds for kids, recipes, and how to make feeding kids an enriching family experience. You can also check out her website, for more great ideas on feeding children healthy foods.


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