Explore these resources to learn about and practice the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding and the USDA Core Nutrition Messages for Child Feeding. The information, tips and strategies provided will help you respond positively to your child’s eating behavior, trust your child to manage his or her own eating, celebrate eating, and put the focus on liking to eat and the enjoyment of being fed.
Ruder EH, Lohse B.
NEEDs For Tots: A Teacher-Ready and Parent-Friendly Curriculum Focuses on Principles of the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017;49(4):357-359. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.12.011.
Magnet and Coasters
Everyday objects remind us about children’s jobs with eating and caregiver’s jobs with feeding.
Videos on Family Mealtime and Digital Programs
From Ellyn Satter Associates. . .Videos of parents and children in their own homes show what to do—and not do—with feeding.
No-cost digital programs (English and Spanish) are easily downloaded to computers or transferred to memory cards or flash drives for display on digital photo frames, television or computers screens.
Short video from USDA Core Nutrition Messages for Child Feeding.
More information and tips to support the
USDA Core Nutrition Messages for Child Feeding.
Educator and Parent Handouts on Child Feeding
Find out what it means to be a competent eater.
Mealtime Moves and Countermoves
Ideas for how to stick to the division of responsibility at mealtime and to let children do their jobs with eating and caregivers’ do their jobs with feeding.
Words and Actions that Hinder or Help a Child’s Eating
Young children have strong opinions about eating. Caregivers’ words or actions can hinder or help a child’s eating.
Survey on Division of Responsibility
View a tested survey that measures adherence to Division of Responsibility in feeding young children.
Four books used in NEEDs for Tots lessons convey the messages of
joy of eating
cooking and being together
- colorful foods to taste or not taste
NEEDs for Tots Kit
A preschool curriculum comprised of 6 lessons, 4 storybooks, take-home child-parent activity pages, parent handouts, magnet and coasters, and supplies for food-tasting.
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