Recently my husband lost his job; hence, we lost our home and car and moved in with his mother and step father. It is nice to have my husband get back onto his feet with a new career move and hopefully we'll have our own place within a couple of months (not soon enough!). But my anxiety is growing because I feel that my mother-in-law and her husband push their parenting tactics on my son too often, despite my calm oppositional comments. Most of these moves I don't really approve of and what irritates me the most are the boundaries they set for my 18 month old at the table. They expect him not to play with his food, not to throw any crumb of food on the floor, and give him guilt trips of the messes he makes while he explores textures and tastes. Please give me some realistic guidelines and pointers that we can all work on together to make eating more fun and less stressful for my little one and for me! Thank you.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:12 PM on Jan. 31, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)
Answer by Ifiwereabook at 7:26 PM on Jan. 31, 2010
Answer by BridgetC140 at 2:30 PM on Jan. 31, 2010
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Answer by admckenzie at 3:17 PM on Jan. 31, 2010
At 18 months, you really can't expect perfect cotillion manners, simple as that. Maybe occasional use of utensils, and most of the food making it into him and not everywhere else. I would just promise to clean up after him if he makes a mess and do what I could to minimize his explorations while they are eating; maybe feed him only the least messy foods with everyone else and feed him the other stuff before or after meals. Inconvenient, but it may be your best option. We have to clean up after our dd at my in-laws, which means half the kitchen floor since they can't be bothered to set up a high chair and they just put her in a walker while the family eats. Their dog loves it; I don't. At home we have a drop cloth under the chair to make clean up easier; dd is almost 14 months now, so there is still a lot of finger feeding.
Answer by preacherskid at 5:45 PM on Jan. 31, 2010
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