Controlling: A controlling feeding style is one in which parents are forcing, pushing or bribing their child to eat.
Responsive: A responsive feeding style is one that works with a child’s developmental abilities but also sets limits for the child to adhere to.
Neglectful: A neglectful feeding style could be due to many factors, including the busy lifestyle of the child’s parents, failure to address feeding difficulties or even abuse. Whatever the cause, this eating style is defined by parents not paying enough attention and time to a child’s eating habits.
Indulgent: An indulgent feeding style is one in which parents allow their child to eat whatever they want, whenever they want, with no limits.
Ideally, parents should strive to practice a responsive feeding style that encourages a child to harness his developmental capabilities, while still putting boundaries in place to discourage bad eating habits.