Guest Blogger

Melanie Potock

Melanie Potock

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is a certified speech language pathologist, a national speaker on the topic of picky eating, and the author of the award winning parenting book, Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child About the Joy of Food!

With over 15 years’ experience treating children with feeding difficulties, Mel’s approach to developing feeding skills includes the fundamentals of parenting in the kitchen, such as how to avoid mealtime debates and creating more joyful mealtimes, even with a hesitant eater. Mel embraces her work with families with an open heart and a touch of humor. After all, the journey to more adventurous eating should be celebrated each step of the way!

Mel has also produced the award winning children’s CD Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs that Celebrate the Joy of Food as a tool to keep mealtimes joyful and family centered.

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Blog Posts by Melanie Potock

  • What Type of Parent are You at the Dinner Table

    What Type of Parent are You at the Dinner Table?

    One of the fascinating aspects of being a feeding therapist that works with children in their homes is that I get to see first-hand the variations in parenting styles. One particular family was memorable because both parents were security guards and they seemed to bring an element of their jobs to the family dinner table. […]

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  • Picky Eating at Dinner

    Picky Eating at Dinner

    As a feeding therapist, I work closely with the parents of picky eaters.  Parents are often stressed and have tried everything in their power to get their kids to eat nutritious foods.  When I ask a mom or a dad what they ultimately want out of therapy, they typically respond “I just want to enjoy […]

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  • Picky Eating in the School Cafeteria

    Picky Eating in the School Cafeteria

    Most parents tell me that their elementary school child has 20 to 25 minutes to enter the school cafeteria,  search for his lunchbox buried in a portable tub, find a place to sit, open all the containers, eat (oh, right, eat), then clean and pack up before the bell rings.  In an effort to ensure […]

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  • Picky Eating at Lunch

    Picky Eating at Lunch

    The following is #3 in a 5 part series on helping children become more adventurous eaters. Parents tell me that lunch is typically the best meal of the day for picky eaters – meaning they’ll eat “something”. Often that’s because 1) They skipped breakfast and are starving; 2) They get the same foods every day […]

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  • Picky Eating at Breakfast

    Picky Eating at Breakfast

    The following is #2 in a 5 part series on helping children become more adventurous eaters. Ah, breakfast! The most important meal of the day, right? If you are parenting a picky eater, it can also be the most stressful way to start the day.   Here are 5 strategies to begin the journey to […]

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  • Picky Eating Day after Day after Day

    Picky Eating: Day after Day after Day

    “Ugh! I never thought I would have a picky eater. Day after day, meal after meal, so many opportunities to totally FAIL as a parent!” Parenting a picky eater can be frustrating and stressful, causing any parent to succumb to the chicken nugget and french fry rut with these words: “At least I know he’ll […]

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