Broccoli Trees? Yes Please!
Q & A with Melissa Kent
Introducing author, Melissa Kent! She has written a fab new children’s book that helps make eating healhty food, fun! We have been lucky enough to talk to her about her journey & inspiration. She has also shared some great healthy eating tips & recipe advice.
I am a 33 year old mother of 3 children aged 4, 8 and 10. Originally from North Queensland, my family and I moved to South East Queensland in late 2016 due to my youngest child’s numerous health conditions and the need to be closer to her medical specialists. My biggest achievement in life was becoming a Mother. Which is an ever-evolving labour of love, as I’m sure you can relate! After my youngest child was born, and we started the journey that is life with a chronically ill child. I knew that I needed to do something that was just for me and nobody else, in order to preserve my sanity.
I have always been an extremely creative person, and find that I express myself best through my writing and music. So, when my youngest child was 6 months old, I wrote my first book ‘Broccoli Trees? Yes Please!’ which was published late 2017. Childhood nutrition, obesity, non-communicable diseases and fussy eating is all on the rise and I wanted to find a really fun and innovative way to help our young children and of course their parents, who often find mealtimes a cause of great distress.
Of course, I think that incorporating ‘Broccoli Trees? Yes Please!’ into your story time routine is also fantastic, but don’t introduce it mid-mealtime tantrum! Instead, read it with your child when they are relaxed and ready for some light-hearted fun, which is what the book is all about! Remember, repetition is key, so always offer a variety of healthy foods at meal times and keep ‘Broccoli Trees’ on regular story time rotation to really maximise your chances of ending that veggie strike once and for all!
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If you love the idea of teaching your children about nutritious eating and want to get yourself a copy of Broccolli Trees? Yes Please!