The Division of Responsibility for Toddlers Through Adolescents

The Division of Responsibility for toddlers through adolescents
• The parent is responsible for what, when, where.

• The child is responsible for how much and whether.
Fundamental to parents’ jobs is trusting children to determine how much and whether to eat from what parents provide. When parents do their jobs with feeding, children do their jobs with eating:
Parents’ feeding jobs:
•Choose and prepare the food.

•Provide regular meals and snacks.

•Make eating times pleasant.

•Step-by-step, show children by example how to behave at family mealtime.

•Be considerate of children’s lack of food experience without catering to likes and dislikes.

•Not let children have food or beverages (except for water) between meal and snack times.

•Let children grow up to get bodies that are right for them.
Children’s eating jobs:
Children will eat.

•They will eat the amount they need.

•They will learn to eat the food their parents eat.

•They will grow predictably.

•They will learn to behave well at mealtime.

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