Parent Event- Nourishing our Kids w/ Deborah MacNamara


Apr 18, 2024


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feeding our kids and loved ones is not just a nutritional event but a relational and emotional endeavour. Nourishment isn’t simply about food but who feeds you and the emotions between you. The way to the stomach is through the heart but this understanding has been lost in our pursuit of health, nutrition, and good behaviour at the table. This presentation will consider the role of attachment, development and vulnerability in caring for another person through food.  How can we deal with food battles, picky eating, and power struggles that make eating together misery? Is there a way to harness the ‘magic of the table’ when parents shuttle kids to scheduled activities and work extended hours outside the home? Using developmental and relational science, Deborah will reveal the surprising secrets behind eating together, which have been camouflaged due to our preoccupation with what is on the plate. There is no one prescription for how we feed and care for our kids, only that we do. It turns out that what is good for our loved ones is also good for us too. 

via Zoom



As a trusted and experienced clinical counsellor for over 25 years in mental health and educational settings as well as private practice, Deborah serves as a leading international expert who provides counselling and educational services to support parents, professionals, and educators. She is also a professional speaker who has presented to the United Nations and The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. 

Deborah specializes in the relational-developmental approach based on the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, empowering parents to become the expert on their children with everyday questions and practical strategies. She came to this work as a new mother herself, curious and confident that his approach could shift not only her children’s futures forever, but also her professional approach to supporting and helping others. Today, she serves on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute. 

Deborah is the author of the best selling book, Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one) which has been translated into 14 languages and the children’s picture book, The Sorry Plane, which is available in three languages. Her new book Nourished: Connection, Food, and Caring for our Kids (and everyone else we love), will be released September 19, 2023.