Parental Feeding Styles

Until recently, I wasn’t aware that the parenting styles affected anything other than how children are treated in regard to following rules, handling misbehavior and discipline. Well, it turns out that parental feeding styles can also be applied to the way that eating patterns and habits are managed with children. This lesson incorporates this information and has students researching strategies to help children develop a healthy relationship with food. So, read on to learn more about how you can teach this concept and theory in your child development, parenting or nutrition classes.


  • Show students the PPT slide and ask which type of eater they were.  Ask if they still are and how their parents dealt with their eating habits.  Ask if students felt their parents style was effective.
  • Explain that they are going to learn more about the most effective way to get children to eat.


  • iPads or Laptops
  • Projector & Screen
  • Props for Skits
  • Canva App


  • Cut apart the following articles by CNN “Of the four parental ‘feeding styles,’ only one is good for kids’ health, experts say”  and Jill Castle’s “What’s Your Feeding Style?” by parenting style sections.  Have students count off by 4’s and assign a parental feeding style to each group.  Students are to read the sections of information and use to complete their notes for that style (see attachments).  Students then create a presentation in Google Slides reflecting their notes. 
  •  Jigsaw Sharing: Students will teach each other about their assigned parental feeding styles using their prepared presentation so that the remaining notes form is complete for each person
  • Re-assign students to new groups and spread them around the room.  Randomly assign each group a parental feeding style. Groups must create a skit that includes all members and reflects the characteristics of their style and the audience must decide which style is being portrayed. I like to wait until all of the groups have shared before going over the correct answers.
  • As a concluding assignment, students will research 5 different strategies that they could implement to help a child develop a healthy relationship with food. Students will then create a newsletter about the strategies using the CANVA website that could be hung throughout the community to help educate parents.  See guide sheet and rubric below for more details.


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