How to Teach a Toddler Not to Throw Food

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Teaching a toddler not to throw food is an important step in teaching that child about proper behavior. Teach a toddler not to throw food with help from a family therapist and child development specialist in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Cindy Bunin with Drcindybunin.com. I'm here today to discuss how to prevent your child from throwing food from a high chair. I'm going to tell you now there's absolutely no way you're going to be able to do that. It's just what children do, they have no idea that it's wrong. It's part of their development throwing, experimenting, but here's some things that you can do. First of all don't get frustrated with your child. Don't yell at them and don't say no. Toddlers don't know what no means. If you want to say no, don't throw food, no, don't touch this, so they learn that it's a little bit more to the word no, but saying no is not going to work. What I advise is first of all, giving them just a little bit, a little bit of food on their high chair instead of they have so much that they're throwing it all over the place. If they only have a few bites then they can only throw a little. The next thing you can do is you can put a mat under the high chair, that way there's not that much to clean up. You just have to clean up the mat. So remember, just be patient, they will eventually grow out of it, I promise you when they are five years old, they will not be throwing food off the table. So just enjoy this time. This is Dr. Cindy Bunin at Drcindybunin.com for eHow, until next time.

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