Small Group Coaching
Join Renae and a small group of like-minded parents to get confident in feeding your child. Guidelines are great, but knowing how to put them into practice for your own situation is key! Join the waitlist to be the first to know about the next session!
Feeding your child is a relationship. Relationships take work!
Relationships are never black and white, but instead are full of nuance. Feeding your child isn’t about taking a recommendation and just putting it into place, job done. Neither you nor your child are robots!
Life comes into play, and you both have your own personalities and quirks. Those differences make feeding unique to you and your child, and are exactly why we consider it a feeding relationship.
We can have the best feeding recommendations out there, but if you don’t know how to take them and apply them to your own situation and feeding relationship, it can be really hard to put them into practice.
Not to mention once you do start practicing them, guidance on how to continually move forward with them in the face of setbacks is key! There is a serious lack of guidance out there that is specifically focused on developing a good feeding relationship between parents and children.
The Importance of Being Proactive
When it comes to parenting, it’s easy to take a wait and see approach. Wait until you truly are stressed to the max with feeding your baby or toddler. Wait and see if you have a picky eater. Wait and see if you can figure it out.
Well here’s the thing. You’re resourceful. You likely will figure it out one way or another. But figuring it out and just getting by when it comes to feeding doesn’t do your or your child justice.
We can all picture in our heads what getting by entails with feeding.
I can come up with a million different examples of what getting by looks like with feeding. Because it’s literally what we’re told to expect by social media, mainstream media, and a lot of parenting experts out there.
But we DON’T need to just accept that feeding babies and toddlers is going to be stressful. We DON’T need to struggle to figure out the best way to move forward. And we DON’T need to let feeding our kids rule our lives.
Your child will be eating 3 meals and 2 snacks a day with you until they are 18. That’s a lot of eating! Let’s make all of those years joyful, and skip all of the extreme stress that usually comes with feeding kids!
Be proactive about setting a great foundation for eating! Join the waitlist for for the next session now!
Small Group Coaching Benefits
Small group coaching is an amazing way to work on your feeding relationship with your child and get individualized feedback. Create a connection and get ongoing support from a feeding expert on your specific situation.
Get the benefit of being in community with other like-minded parents. Hearing what other parents are experiencing, and how they work through it with expert feedback, helps give you a massive leg up when you experience the same thing yourself down the road.
The Best of Both!
You learn things you wouldn’t think to ask about if it was just you. And you see the process play out in several different ways and situations. All of which go to strengthen your own ability to handle the nuances of your feeding relationship with your own child!
What You'll Get with Small Group Coaching
Small group coaching is the best way I’ve found for parents to address their feeding relationship productively and in a short amount of time.
We'll meet for 6 bi-weekly sessions for 12 weeks of support. You'll have enough time to work on what we talk about, without needing to stress about getting it done quickly.
Face to Face meetings
We’ll all see each other’s faces via Zoom (messy hair and pajamas welcome!) so we can connect with each other.
A small community of like minded parents to work through feeding practices with. Large enough to get other perspectives, small enough to create relationships and not get lost in the crowd without your questions being addressed.
We'll have a specific topic for each session to help you work through the different aspects of feeding your child. And to help answer any subsequent questions that come up.
Get expert guidance and coaching on your unique situation, along with ongoing followup in subsequent sessions.
Access to Starting Solids or Mastering Mealtimes as soon as you register. All to help you understand the philosophy behind feeding before our group sessions begin.
Most importantly? You’ll develop the confidence to navigate your feeding relationship with your child on your own! After our 12 weeks, you’ll be on your way to feeding that is joyful and a part of your day that you can look forward to.
I have a firm belief that by focusing on feeding dynamics, the relationship between parents and children, and the HOW of feeding, we can help children develop a great relationship with food for life. We can help them to be joyful and competent eaters as they grow. And we can reduce our own stress as parents while we’re at it.
I don’t have a story about how my kids were picky eaters and I learned how to turn it all around. I was fortunate to have gotten my master’s degree in human nutrition with a focus in child nutrition before I had kids.
I learned all about the concepts that we know help kids to eat well and learn to be competent eaters, and I learned how to put them into play.
And now, after helping thousands of parents, and hearing countless success stories, I am confident that it works not just in research, but in real life, too!
But it’s not because those kids who were successful don’t have normal developmental picky phases. And it’s not because any other kids are better or different than your kids.
It works because the benefit of knowing how to approach feeding and how to handle those common childhood behaviors is priceless. And is something that I love helping parents learn!
Let's do this!
Ready to Set You and Your Child Off On the Right Foot With Eating?
Small Group coaching
/or 4 payments of $210
Still not sure?
Let’s talk about the best way to accomplish the goal of not struggling with your child’s eating now or in the future.
The easiest way to approach it is by laying a foundation for feeding. By being proactive when it comes to your kids’ eating and not just waiting for the sh** to hit the fan.
It’s never too late to fix it. We can always help you with your child’s eating. But it’s sure a lot easier if you put the steps into place to prevent it from getting broken in the first place!
One of the best examples I can give you for comparison is in the field of couple’s counseling. It’s based on a relationship, just like feeding, and is there to help partners work through their relationship and life experiences.
When It's Really Bad
If you go to a couple’s therapist when things are so bad that divorce is a distinct possibility, it’s going to take a lot more work to fix the relationship.
Think of this as if your child has whittled their foods down to 15-20 foods that they will accept. You’re in the thick of it and stressed to no end trying to figure out how to get your child to eat.
Just the Beginning Inklings
If you go to couple’s counseling when there are just the beginning inklings of trouble in a relationship, it’s going to be a lot easier to fix.
You’ll be able to see what is going on from a much clearer perspective than if you were in the extremely stressful place of almost separating. And be able to work through it quicker and more productively.
Think of this as the equivalent of your toddler. Young toddlers are starting to show those signs that things could take a turn for the worse. But there is still soooooo much room for new routines and practices to be put into place fairly easily with a bit of guidance.
At the Beginning!
Now let’s think about going to couple’s counseling at the beginning of a marriage or partnership. Not many people do it, but those that do swear by it!
Getting help to work through your differences BEFORE you are in a stressful part of your relationship can improve things exponentially in the years to come.
The same goes for feeding babies. Sure, most of us have the general idea down, just like we do with relationships. But we’re missing a lot of the steps that can make things work smoothly. We’re missing that knowledge of how to take best practices and put them into place for our own relationship.
Understanding where the other person is coming from and why they might behave the way they do so you can work together to create something that works for your own situation is life changing. In life partner relationships AND feeding relationships.
Let's get to work on that feeding relationship! Join the waitlist now!
Frequently asked questions
At this time, the Small Group Coaching sessions are ideal for parents of kids 3 and under. While the philosophies are the same for kids of all ages, and can be applied to any older kids you may have, for small group discussion purposes it is best for kids to be closer in age.
The next session of the small group coaching program is not yet schedules. Sign up for the waitlist to be the first to hear when a new session opens!
Yes and no. Small group coaching is an amazing way to address typical feeding concerns that come up with young children. Even if it’s caused by a medical condition. If you have a situation that necessitates more intense guidance, however, meeting with a dietitian or feeding expert in a 1 on 1 situation might be a better option.
Send me a message and I’d be happy to talk with you about whether or not this would be a good fit for you.