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April 5th, 2009, 05:01 AM
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Has anyone heard of this? It's a "technique", I guess, for feeding your baby and toddler. It is supposed to help so that you aren't forcing your child to eat more than they need (children naturally control their appetite, so they will not overeat unless we force them to "clean their plate" or similar), and you don't inadvertantly cause them to be picky eaters by being a line-order cook (ie - cooking a separate meal for them). Here are the basics:

The Division of Responsibility for Infants:
  • The parent is responsible for what
  • The child is responsible for how much (and everything else)
The parent helps the infant to be calm and organized and feeds smoothly, paying attention to information coming from the baby about timing, tempo, frequency and amounts.

And then it's different for toddlers:

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
Other interesting info:

Parents' Feeding Jobs:
  • Choose and prepare the food
  • Provide regular meals and snacks
  • Make eating times pleasant
  • Show children what they have to learn about food and mealtime behavior
  • Not let children graze for food or beverages between meal and snack times
  • Let children grow up to get bodies that are right for them
Fundamental to parents’ jobs is trusting children to decide how much and whether to eat. If parents do their jobs with feeding, children will do their jobs with eating:
  • 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 the table
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April 5th, 2009, 08:51 AM
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very interesting read
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