Ellyn Satter's Division of Responsibility is a great guideline for understanding children's and parents' responsibilities related to food. From infancy through adolescence, parents decide what, where and when to eat, and children decide whether and how much. Remember this: "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."Read More
A common question is: What should you do when your baby or toddler throws food?
There are different approaches. I've learned to only say NO for emergencies or unsafe situations, so I don't say "no" or "no throwing food" or get upset. Instead, I tell Theo what he CAN do, not what he CAN'T. It's a more positive (and in my opinion, effective) way of communicating the rules.