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Do Your Kids Eat Everything?

UPDATE (3/15/2013): Congratulations to Kia as the random drawing winner in this giveaway! Thank you to all those who entered this contest. 

Before we began our food adventure with Henry, Daddy and I had many conversations about how to encourage Henry to become “a good eater.” After watching other parents constantly struggle with their toddlers, we wanted to know if there was anything we could do from the start to prevent picky eating.

That’s when we read “French Kids Eat Everything” by Karen Le Billon. The book is an easy and enjoyable read about the year that Karen’s family spent in France and how it changed the way her family eats. The heart of the book explores the 10 French Food Rules for raising happy, healthy eaters.

“French Kids Eat Everything” sparked numerous discussions at our dinner table about how our family eats. We have become more conscious of our assumptions about food and how that will influence Henry’s understanding of mealtimes.

In addition, the book helped us recognize some of the cultural and institutional barriers that can stand in the way of our best intentions as parents. Whether it is the advice we receive about introducing babies to food or the way we serve school lunches, French food culture has a lot to teach us about instilling good eating habits in children.

The French Food Rules have proven to be a solid foundation for our family. If you've been following this blog from the beginning, you may remember that I used the French strategy for introducing Henry to an initial array of flavors by serving him vegetable soups. Nearly a year later, we often refer back to the French Food Rules for guidance.
This week, I will be focusing on how our family has applied several of the food rules from “French Kids Eat Everything.” I am also excited to share this helpful resource with other parents by giving away a copy of this inspiring book! 

Thank you to Karen Le Billon and her publisher for generously donating the prize for this contest.

How to Feed a Henry is giving away a copy of “French Kids Eat Everything” to one lucky reader!

How to enter:
  1. Leave a comment below with your name and the title of your favorite How to Feed a Henry blog post.
  2. If you are a fan of How to Feed a Henry on facebook, you are entitled to a second entry. If not, you can become one here: Please leave a second comment below to let me know you are a facebook fan.
This contest ends on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. PST. One winner will be randomly selected from all valid entries using Good luck!

Contest details: All U.S. residents 18 years of age and older are eligible to participate. Entrants must have a valid email and mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). The contest will run until Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. PST. The winner will be announced in the comment section below and on the How to Feed a Henry facebook page by Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. PST. I will also attempt to contact the winner directly by email.

The winner must respond to with their shipping address by Monday, March 18, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. PST to claim their prize. If the winner does not respond within the required timeframe, an alternate winner will be selected.

This prize is valued at $15.99 USD and will be mailed to the winner directly from the book publisher (HarperCollins/Morrow USA). No purchase necessary. All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.


  1. Brianna Baxter. I like this post; we are just starting out on our adventure of solid foods with Kylie, but I think this book would help me understand more about the complexity of culture and food :-)

  2. I'm Stacy (from Pleasant Valley - don't want to give my last name!) and my favorite post is Are you sure it’s okay to give Henry meat?

  3. Meghan De Luca!

    I love all your recipe posts, but currently my favorite post is the first of your GMO series. It came at the perfect time, right as my baby is starting to taste a few solids! While we already eat mostly organic (long time terra organics customers also!) there are a few things that we eat that most likely contain GMOs. Since your post I've been very careful with my shopping to try and cut these out! I was happy that removing refined sugar from our diet when baby came actually cut out a lot of the prior GMO culprits of our diet. Thanks for your awesome blog!

  4. Meghan de luca FB fan too!

  5. Stacy from PVMS with a second entry for being a fb fan. :)

  6. Justine Price-O'Neil

    I really like the "Vanilla Spice Sweet Potato Fries (Serves 2)" post. Me daughter already loved sweet potatoes, but this post gave me ideas on how to add some extra flavor to them.

    Love your posts!

  7. Justine Price-O'Neil again, fb fan second entry :)

  8. Charla, fb fan ;-)

  9. Hmmm favorite post lately....I like the recent kale and potato recipe because it sounds yummy. Have some being delivered tomorrow to try out! -charla

  10. Impossible to pick a favorite! But I still really like "Learning to use a fork". I "liked" your FB page.

  11. Mary Ganzel

    I love each entry, as it gives me guidance for BLW. I guess my favorite would be "Aren't you worried about choking?" back from the early entries. Everyone thinks I'm insane for doing BLW...however, I will point out that my 7 month DD eats wedges of all kinds of fruit with no issues, and her cousin, who is a year older, won't touch fruit unless it's in puree form! :)

  12. My favorite is "Learning about GMO foods" because this is a topic I am also just starting to learn about and the more people know about GMOs the better!

  13. I "Like" you on Facebook :-)

  14. My favorite is "New rules for snack foods". I am thankful that the school my kids attend, no junk food is allowed for snack food and the teacher has actually taken junk food away and replaced it with something healthy! I'm hoping that by the time my kids get in high school, they won't buy junk food. And hopefully, by the time they're in high school, it won't be offered!

  15. I like wasabi baby - my son loved wasabi at a very young age and pickled ginger. I found it perplexing but who am I to judge?

  16. I am a facebook fan as Kia Ru


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