As a good parent you have two objectives when it comes to feeding. First, you want the meal your child is eating right now to be as healthy and nutritious as possible. Second, you want to have a child eventually at least, who eats when hungry and stops when satiated, who eats a variety of foods (think more than 10 types of different vegetables and fruit) and is able to self regulate eating by making choices instead of relying indiscriminately on the “edible items” they are surrounded by, a child who is practiced in the mechanics of eating such as chewing and the different ways of trying new food, and last but not least one who is able to enjoy the food and the social aspects of eating. This description loosely follows what Ellyn Satter calls a “competent eater”.
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