What in heaven’s name is sDOR

Everything and anything to do with raising healthy kids is rooted in understanding and applying the Satter Division of Responsibility of Feeding. Mosts articles and blogs on this website and links refer to DOR so here’s the basic definition of what it means.


Children have natural ability with eating. They eat as much as they need, they grow in the way that is right for them, and they learn to eat the food their parents eat. Step-by-step, throughout their growing-up years, they build on their natural ability and become eating competent. Parents let them learn and grow with eating when they follow the Division of Responsibility in Feeding.

The Division of Responsibility for toddlers through adolescents

• The parent is responsible for what, when, and where.
• The child is responsible for how much and whether.

Fundamental to parents’ jobs is trusting children to determine how much and whether to eat from what parents provide. When parents do their jobs with feeding, children do their jobs with eating:

Parents’ feeding jobs:
• Choose and prepare the food.
• Provide regular meals and snacks.
• Make eating times pleasant.
• Step-by-step, show children by example how to behave at family mealtime.
• Be considerate of children’s lack of food experience without catering to likes and dislikes.
• Not let children have food or beverages (except for water) between meal and snack times.
• Let children grow up to get bodies that are right for them.

Children’s eating jobs:
• Children will eat.
• They will eat the amount they need.
• They will learn to eat the food their parents eat.
• They will grow predictably.
• They will learn to behave well at mealtime.

© 2016 Ellyn Satter.  See http://www.ellynsatterinstitute.org/ for more about eating and feeding and for Ellyn Satter’s books, videos, and other resources.

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