Book boost for parents

Gillian Griffiths and Denise Stapleton are co-authors of the book 'SENSEational Mealtimes'
Gillian Griffiths and Denise Stapleton are co-authors of the book 'SENSEational Mealtimes'

The Myaree resident and dietician has teamed up with occupational therapist Gillian Griffiths to write the book which has tips on making mealtime more enjoyable for the family.

‘Nearly half of families with young children experience difficulties around mealtimes that are often accompanied by feelings of frustration, confusion, annoyance, worry, distress and anger,’ Ms Stapelton said.

‘After reviewing research evidence and consulting professionals across numerous domains we became aware of what was need to holistically support families with very tricky mealtimes and began exploring,’ Griffiths said.

Launched last month, the book outlines caring and clever ways for parents to tackle the problem of fussy eaters.

Both are mothers of two children and said the book explained the importance of sounds, smells, sights, touch, temperatures and textures when it came to mealtime.

‘We explain the senses and then parents reflect on what they and their children notice, enjoy, tolerate, are bothered by and avoid in food, interactions and surroundings at mealtimes,’ Ms Griffiths said.

‘These insights then support parents to develop ways to stretch what their children will happily explore.

‘We want to make a positive difference to the nutritional intake of children and families,’ Stapleton said.

‘That’s what fuelled our commitment to write this book.

The mothers released the book at Kadidjiny Park in Melville last month in front of family and friends.

Visit sense-ationalmealtimes.com.au to order the book.