Episode 77: When Your Child Refuses to Listen to You with Nicole H
When Your Child Won't Stop Throwing Food with Sarah S
Sarah’s 2 and a half year old daughter won’t stop throwing food at meal time. Sarah is finding that she is escalating the situation because she ends up yelling and then dealing with a crying toddler. If you’re struggling with a defiant toddler and you're constantly cleaning up food from the floor, listen in for some strategies to set boundaries while allowing your child some control.
“She knows if I choose not to eat I may be uncomfortable. If I choose to throw food I’m not going to eat. So giving her the power. And you’re not angry, you’re not yelling. When she throws the food, you’re like oh I can see you don’t want to eat now, honey. It’s not like “OK I'M TAKING THE FOOD AWAY” There’s nothing punitive. It’s just the way it is. - Sue Groner
This week on The Parenting Mentor:
- General statements and empowering language that will define boundaries and reinforce rules around meal time.
- Focusing on your one goal with your child and being okay with letting go of perfection.
- Empowering language that reminds your child that you are on their team and it’s not a fight.
- Tangible strategies to teach your kids about concepts like hunger and incorporating games for them to express themselves without making a mess of the food.
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