My 21 month old daughter sometimes can make a real mess during meal times. It starts with the way she eats her sandwhich; Everything has to be taken to bits and will be everywhere, besides on her plate. Second thing is, that she does a few bites and says "done"and pushes the plate and her cup away. Everything else on the table gets moved aswell by that. You allways have to watch out, or things will fall of the table. Then she plays a bit, takes back the plate and here we go again: "done!"...
But the one thing that really pushes my buttons is when she looks at me and then throws food onto the floor.
Of course I tell her of and say that it's naughty, but she does not care (would you at 21 month old?) So my question is: What immediate action can I take to teach her that it's wrong and unwanted behavior? You know, cause - effect. Straight away. Done something wrong - Get punished.
Answer by yoshiki56 at 4:45 PM on Apr. 12, 2009
Well my son is 5 and still doesn't eat at the table because of the mess factor. He sits in a booster with a tray and when my youngest is big enough he'll be sitting in the same fashion. My son is just a messy eater but not on purpose but he used to be. When your child makes a mess on purpose (throws food on the floor) meal time is over and they can get down. Keep up with this and she will get the message that meal time is for eating not throwing food on the floor. Also use a bib with a little cup or catcher at the end. It makes for an easier clean up. Your child will not starve. If she pushes food away and doesn't want to eat at meal time, take the food and drink away and make her remain sitting while everyone else finishes eating.
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I should add- no snacks if she didn't eat her meals. If you do that, you are rewarding bad behavior. She will eat when she gets hungry enough and you won't find the food on the floor.
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