On our newest episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz, we’re chatting about Liz’s some-number high school reunion (her stories are hilarious) and we discuss a few surprising benefits of turning 40. Then, we tackle the tough topic of picky eaters, sharing ten of the extremely confusing and sometimes contradictory rules from experts about dealing with it — along with some of our own techniques which may or may not be working all that well. Ah, parenting!


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Links from SPAWNED Episode 7

We’ve got lots and lots of resources when it comes to feeding picky eaters and feeding kids in general. Hey, we’ve actually got a whole site about food called Cool Mom Eats after all.


Liz mentioned being afraid to read French Kids Eat Everythingthough it has some very helpful tips if you’re willing to acknowledge that we probably suck at feeding our kids as Americans in general.

Here, 4 parenting books to help you call a truce on mealtime battles.

Picky eater help: Picky Palate cookbook

We’ve reviewed several books for parents of picky eaters, including Picky Palate cookbook, and the No Cry Picky Eater Solution book. You might also want to check out these resources to get a picky eater to actually eat.

Laurie David’s The Family Dinner is a favorite of ours. Check out also The Family Cooks, since kids are more likely to eat something they helped make.

Kristen talks about about Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home for tips on establishing good habits. She also happens to host the fabulous Happier podcast on Panoply with her sister Liz, too!

Wellness Mama on How to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food and her own food rules to cure picky eating.

One way to entice picky eaters is to play with the presentation of the food. Our friend Christine Koh, founder of Boston Mamas and co-author of Minimalist Parenting, recommends cutting vegetables super thin. It worked for Kristen’s kids!

Two great resources for how to incorporate healthful foods into delicious food: Missy Chase Lapine’s The Sneaky Chef and Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious.


Primary: basic, affordable kids clothing

Kristen’s Cool Picks of the Week:  Primary basic kids staple clothing is affordable, simple, and ethically made.

Liz’s Cool Pick of the Week:  Stan Lee’s Superhumans: Real people doing absolutely amazing things. DO NOT TRY THEM AT HOME. YOU WILL DIE.


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Bonus! Most weeks, we host an after-show video livestream  on Periscope, like this one we did after yesterday’s recording session. (Though it will self-destruct by about 12:15 ET today.) Wow, you have a lot to say about online dating and deal-breakers! Make sure you’ve got the Periscope app on your phone and follow @coolmompicks. We’ll tweet before our next live Periscope show starts so you can catch us. We’d love to see you!

Now, go listen! We’re having so much fun, and we hope you join us.