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Need advice on eating out

As a family we eat out once a week at the same restraunt. My one year old will have a tantrum if she can't feed herself. Which I have no problem with so we get her either chicken fingers or pizza. But people always say things to her then she gets excited and start throwing food then the people will laugh, which incourages her. How do I get my daughter not to react to the laughter? Also does anyone have any suggestions on something more healthier that she can feed herself?

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Asked by jewlz1103 at 7:38 PM on Apr. 19, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • most restaurants serve a side of cooked veggies..she can definitely feed that to herself. Get her a grilled chicken breast instead of chicken fingers and cut it up for her. As for the laughing, just politely ask people not to laugh because it encourages her. You're her mother so you have a right to discipline.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:41 PM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • To avoid the throwing of her food don't put it all in front of her. Just give her 2 or 3 pieces at a time. As for healthier food can she use a spoon pretty good? You can try salad or take the breading off the chicken so its not as unhealthy. Order her fresh veggies like green beans or carrots she can pick up and eat.

    Answer by brailynsmama08 at 7:47 PM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • Reinforce right then and there that she is NOT to throw food. If you say something loud enough, the other people will get the hint.

    "Jane! You know better than to throw your food no matter who is laughing at you."

    So...kind of disciplining her, but also putting the other people on notice.

    I agree with ordering vegetable side dishes or maybe just not worrying about it once a week. Honestly, a "not so healthy" meal once a week isn't going to hurt her.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:16 PM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • Just quietly and calmly put your hand on top of hers and put them down. As you do this say calmly, "No throwing, food is for eating." "Show mommy good eating" and when she does it appropriately, you praise her with, "Good eating____" You put your food in your mouth" Kids needs to not only hear what they need to stop doing, but also what the expectations is for good behavior. They need to be rewarded for the good behavior three times more than hearing about the bad/inappropriate behavior.

    Answer by LovetoTeach247 at 11:29 PM on Apr. 19, 2009

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