Parent's Feeding Styles

Love It, Like It, Learning It Lunchbox:

LOVE IT FOODS: watermelon, cheese squares

LIKE IT FOODS: hummus, pita crackers

LEARNING IT FOODS: zucchini, roasted garbanzo beans


Before & After Images:

Observations of an Apprehensive Eater:

If you have been following my Instagram, you know our personal life around is not in a great spot right now. After losing my dad, I have found building lunchboxes to be one small outlet that I can still turn to. It functions to feed my daughter, but also is something I get to enjoy doing amidst so many emotional and physical burdens that I don't.

I am a routine person and lover of structure by nature, but I appreciate knowing that this benefits my family when it comes to feeding. By remaining consistent even in the chaos of our current season, I am able to help create a feeding environment for my family that establishes trust.

My daughter can trust that she will be fed, in a reoccurring pattern, with foods that are familiar and favored, in a manner that maintains a Division of Responsibility in feeding approach. This reliability in meals and snacks currently, is selfishly cathartic. But because we already had this routine in place, it also is one that was almost effortless to continue while I have had no extra energy to expend towards meal times.

As addressed by many feeding experts, kids benefit from such stability in meals times too. Considered an "authoritative" parent feeding style by the book "Fearless Feeding," this approach aligns well with Ellyn Satter's model for feeding as well. Dietitians Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen have to say this about authoritative feeding styles:

"The key to this (authoritative) feeding style's success is the warmth and responsiveness of parents along with high expectations and consistency around food and eating."

According to research shared in Fearless Feeding, an authoritative feeding approach is also associated with children having "a healthy weight, be good at self-regulating their own eating, eat healthier types of foods (vegetables, fruit, and dairy products), and be more physically active."

So even in season's of life when you feel like you have very little to give; when you're food is far less than gourmet; while you are stretched thin and don't want to think about about meal; and need just one small "win" to encourage you each day, see this as a simple opportunity to adopt in your home. No matter WHAT the meal you serve is, HOW you approach offering it and the consistency you create around meal times can still make a big impact. 



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