My SO has a daughter from a previous relationship who is special needs. When it is time for a drink they give it to her and then they take it away when it is not time for a drink. Problem is... she has not been taught self control to understand you don't have to drink the entire thing just because you currently have it.
When she gets a drink she drinks... and drinks... and drinks... and drinks... till it's gone. Then she doesn't have anything because we can't treat her special and give her more than her sisters (my children - 5 & 3) to drink because that isn't fair to them.
We have been trying to help her understand she can't fill up on drinks and then not eat, but it doesn't seem to resonate in her mind what we are teaching her... she just continues to drink until her drink is gone and then try to still drink from an empty cup. :(
Is there anything else we can do other than what we have tried: giving her drinks at appropriate times and explaining to her that we need to eat more and drink less, etc.
Answer by nicjon at 1:05 PM on Nov. 21, 2010
Answer by Michelle451 at 5:29 PM on Nov. 21, 2010