Division of Responsibility in Feeding
Some times, getting kids to eat is hard! We want our kids to love fruits and vegetables, eat every thing that you prepare for them and not have it end up on the floor (or the ceiling in some instances), and not have a tantrum when you tell them they cannot have a fruit snack instead of what you prepared for their meal. Sometimes, we give in, too exhausted to have a battle with a 2 year old and just give them what they want. Then wallow in self doubt latter thinking that you are ruining your child. I know I am not the only parent who has felt this way.
When it comes to feeding your child, just like anything else, you just want them to be healthy! But how do you know if you are doing it right? Is there a "right" way to feed your child?
Ellyn Satter, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Family Therapist and internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding. She is the author of the Division of Responsibility in Feeding (link below), which is the gold standard for feeding children. The Division of Responsibility in Feeding explains what the parent/caregiver is responsible for and what the child is responsible for when it comes to eating and feeding. Its is a great guideline especially as your child become more independent and you may be struggling and trying to control your child's eating during meal/snack times. Check it out! Happy Eating!