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Eating your emotions: Responsive feeding and emotional parenting styles

A parent’s emotional responsiveness to their child’s behavior predicts how responsive their child feeding practices will be.

May 11, 2021

Parenting a child with feeding difficulties is stressful. Understatement of the year, probably.  There is a bunch of research that examines the stress and concerns of parents whose kids don’t eat well, but we don’t have as much research that looks at what sets off this vicious cycle to begin with. Fernandes and team tried to pick this apart by examining not just the responsive feeding behaviors of parents, but also how they respond to negative emotions in their child generally. 


This study used the Coping with Children’s Negative Emotions questionnaire to find out how parents would cope with their child’s distress in hypothetical situations. The responses could be categorized into the following strategies:


Positive Responses:

Problem-solved focused: helping the child to solve their problems that caused their distress …

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