A parent asks about hiding certain foods or ingredients in their child’s meals. I’ll break it down and address some of the mindset issues here – should we “hide”? Does it foster a trusting relationship? How can we stop hiding? Here are some strategies that also include more food exposures (and why those are important!) I’ll also talk about food exposures, the importance of repeated exposure, and how you can increase food exposures for your child.

For more on trust-building with food, particularly around serving and normalizing dessert to build a healthy relationship with food, check out my new course Stress-Free Sweets & Eats. It’s helped many parents stop worrying about desserts/”junk” food, and confidently serve them as part of a balanced meal and lifestyle.

One parent write: “I was reminded how important exposure it. I just made some veggies and crackers with hummus for myself. Knowing (or not) that my toddler doesn’t like hummus… a bit later he wanted crackers and hummus! And ate it. And apparently hummus is “so yummy”…”


Hi, I'm Thalia the Dietitian 👋 I help parents overcome picky eating challenges, conquer mealtime battles and raise happy & healthy eaters. My unique approach to parenting at mealtimes uses elements of the “division of responsibility”, but goes even further when it comes to restricting (or not restricting) foods like dessert. I help parents through my courses and 1-1 coaching program approach mealtime situations from a place of respect, curiosity, and understanding to achieve their desired results. It’s my belief that every child deserves a healthy relationship with food, and every parent can give this gift to their child. I have a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics and I'm mum to two little ladies (and a retired guide dog lab.)


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