Originally Posted by maya44
I think that for people who are in a power struggle over food and/or are struggling with a really poor eater, Satter's methods solve these problems. That is why i bring them up. For those who have none of these struggles, I understand that this is not the right way for you. But my idea is, if you do have these problems why not try them and see if your children feel deprived or unhappy.
I have to agree with Maya here, and my family operates more like UUMom's and Heartmama's. I don't schedule food, and I don't restrict food. I am very much an advocate of eating when you are hungry, stopping when you are full, and appreciating the food you eat.
On the other hand, so many people have issues with food. I see it in my friends - both Apish and non Apish - the impulse to control, cajole, and force a child to eat what the parent considers appropriate.
I find Satter a much better alternative to force. Even if that force is manipulation or pressure.
I would much rather a parent follow Satter than bribe a child to eat, or harrass a kid about trying "Just one bite." The idea behind Satter (and I have one of her books) is that kids eat frequently enough that they will never go truly hungry.
I myself have low blood sugar issues, and there are times I need to eat NOW. Not in 15 minutes, and not in an hour. A child with similar issues would not do well to wait an hour until dinner. I have to trust that a reasonable parent following Satter's philosophy would take their children's needs into account.
So - while I do not follow Satter, I don't hesitate to suggest her books to people I know. I think Satter offers a decent alternative to the common approach to food.