Of the four feeding styles listed below, which one do you belong to?
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 parents, failure to address feeding difficulties or even abuse. Whatever the cause, this eating style is defined by parents not giving 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, without limits or questions.
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 poor eating habits.