As a qualified teacher, mum, parenting coach and all-round Early Years expert, Sophie has a wealth of practical, real life experience to share with parents.
As a mum of two and a registered GP, Stephanie has seen more than her fair share of little ones! She has lots of practical tips and professional know-how on hand to help parents.
Laura is our nutrition whizz – bringing her expert advice and experience from working with chefs, schools and nurseries to the Kiddylicious expert panel.
There’s no such thing as a perfect mealtime. I think it’s so important to talk about the realities of mealtimes, even if your child ate everything. There’s mess, there’s chaos, if you’ve got two kids, you have to go back and forth with them. Those adverts that show a family sitting around a pristine table – that is rarely the case!
It’s worth touching on social media, because although it can be great, it can also be a negative for parents. It can create an image in your mind of what your mealtime should look like. I can testify to the fact that a lot of the things that you see on social media are not real! They set up situations and they take a photo, their child may not even be there. You can spend all this time setting up nice play activities or creating a beautiful meal with different shaped food cutters, and then they won’t eat it, or they won’t play with it!
Social media is an aesthetic place, isn’t it? People want to make things look pretty and whilst you’re right, it can certainly provide some inspiration. I think the reality is, a lot of dinner plates do not look like that! Even a balanced meal can look unattractive. As long as they are fed and they’re happy then they don’t actually care what it looks like. Sometimes, the days where you just open the fridge and grab whatever there is and throw it together can be the best meals. Take a step back and look at it through their eyes – they don’t care and they’re not judging you!