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Is it age appropriate for 16 month old tots to THROW/FLING everything in sight??

Holy cow. My daughter is driving me bananas. She's making a game out of flinging her spoon across the room, as well as her diapers, her toys, her sippy cup, etc. Is this normal behavior at this age? I'm afraid to take her out to dinner anymore, for fear that she'll hit someone upside the head with an eating utensil!!


Asked by Anonymous at 7:10 PM on Oct. 16, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • she's figuring out the whole cause and effect thing for real now. she knows 1 if she throws it, it flies, she thinks that part is funny. 2. she thinks its even funnier when you get aggravated about it. 3. you get up and get whatever she threw, which she also finds funny and makes her feel that she has some sort of control. when mine started this, i got her a few balls said this is what we throw, nothing else. when she threw something else, i didn't go get it, she had to and if it was food or a fork or something along those lines, she than had to eat w/o it (which really made her mad b/c she wanted to be "big") and she had to "help" clean up any mess made by her throwing things. stick w/kid friendly places, and when you get a seat ask for a booth or for a corner table and have her face the corner so if she does go off on a throwing spree it goes towards you. when she does it take her outside and talk to her than go back.

    Answer by jessil83 at 7:13 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • OOhhh - such good advice from Jessi not much to add except to say she is right and yes it's normal :) Welcome to toddlerhood mama, buckle up (and duck!!!!!)

    Answer by momrocks1000 at 7:16 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • yes, completly normal...this too shall pass

    Answer by mereinhart28 at 7:19 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • Yes, it is normal. If you stop picking things up, she will (eventually) stop throwing them.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:23 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • oh yah. the stop picking up thing didn't work for us. We just wouldn't let her throw things she shouldn't and would encourage her to instead throw things she could. Or at least tell her "no we don't throw food but we can throw the ball later." it seemed to work but it seemed to be a short lived phase. get ready for hitting!

    Answer by mrs_pulley at 12:33 AM on Oct. 17, 2009