Coparenting in the feeding context: perspectives of fathers and mothers of preschoolers

Cin Cin Tan, Sarah E. Domoff, Megan H. Pesch, Julie C. Lumeng, Alison L. Miller

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Purpose: This study examined how fathers and mothers coparent around child feeding. Methods: Father–mother pairs (N = 30) of preschool-aged children (M child age = 4.1 years old) participated in joint or group interview sessions. Results: Three themes emerged from the qualitative analysis: (1) couples’ division of labor regarding feeding tasks seemed to align with stereotypical gender roles; (2) couples noted that they attempted healthier family eating habits in comparison to families of origin and recognized the influence of extended family on their attempts at healthier feeding; (3) couples agreed on the importance of family mealtime, routines, and healthy meals, yet disagreed on strategies to limit unhealthy foods and achieve harmonious family meals. Conclusions: This study identified processes of coparenting and child feeding areas that were particularly challenging to manage among parents, which could be important targets for childhood obesity interventions. Level of evidence: V, descriptive study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1070
Number of pages10
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • Child
  • Coparenting
  • Couple
  • Father
  • Feeding
  • Mother


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