It's frustrating when your toddler throws food on the floor, but don't worry - you're not alone! This behaviour is common in toddlers and usually indicates that they're ready to start using their independence to test boundaries, they are actually learning that they can make something happen.. Here are a few tips on how to handle this behaviour and help your toddler learn more appropriate ways to express themselves.
- Remain calm - your toddler is looking to you for guidance and if they see that you're upset, it will only make things worse. If they are throwing food because he/she is angry with themselves or something that happened in the past then it will only make matters worse for them! Stay calm while being supportive- this allows room for growth on both sides of the table which leads us closer towards solving problems together down future days.
- Clean up the food as quickly as possible so that there's less of a mess and less temptation for your toddler to do it again. Use a Click Mat, we can at least guarantee no plates on the floor or over the head.
- Try to understand what they're trying to communicate and then respond in a way that helps them learn and grow. Your toddler might be throwing food because they're hungry, frustrated with their meal or want you to slow down. If that's the case try understanding what your little one is trying to communicate and then respond in a way that helps them learn from these experiences while also growing up!
- Explain to your toddler why throwing food on the floor is wrong and why we don't do that in our house
- If the behavior persists, talk to your pediatrician about how to handle it.
If your toddler is throwing food, there's usually a reason behind it. With a little patience and understanding, you can help your toddler learn how to handle their new-found independence safely and responsibly. Remember, this behaviour is normal and you're not alone! Have you dealt with a food-throwing toddler? Share your tips in the comments below.
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