The more parents try to impose strict control over their child’s cuisine, such as by making them eat certain foods and restricting their access to others, the fussier the child is likely to become at mealtimes, the study also found.
The parents “asked fewer simple questions, commented about the storyline less, and read less during electronic-book conditions compared with print,” the researchers write.
“This is unwise. This goes against everything we know,” said Megan Gunnar, director of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.
Children need to learn how to self-regulate their emotions and behaviors — and it’s also essential that they learn that lesson early, before they start school, a new study suggests.
A recent study found that the emotional climate around family meals has an impact on young children’s consumption of healthful foods.
In an editorial published Wednesday in the journal BMJ, three British academics replace fear-mongering with facts.
The six-day study of 35 mothers revealed 41 incidents of corporal punishment in 15 of the families, despite clear evidence that spanking doesn’t work.