How Do I Get My Son to Stop Throwing Food?

C throws food on the floor.  All the time.  He’s done this for many, many months and I have yet to find an effective way to get him to stop.

Things that have been suggested to me?

Take his food away.  Tried it.  He could care less!

Scold him.  Tried it.  He cries for about 10 seconds, but then reverts back to throwing food.

Take his food away, then scold him.  Again, I’ve done this numerous times.  He really doesn’t care about his lost calories, nor does he care about the scolding.

Don’t put food in front of him, just feed everything to him.  How does this one encourage his independence?

What other options do I have?!  HELP!

Comments

  1. Okay here’s what the food chaining book suggests. Take it or leave it :) Only positive reinforcement. I know it’s hard. Especially when your floor looks like it’s been through World War 1. When he throws his food, pick it up off the floor, place it back on his plate, and w/ very little emotion (this is key because they can pick up on frustration and then it turns into a power struggle) say, “Food stays on our plate.” If he does it again, you say/do it again. You have to be consistent but after about 2 or 3 days he should get the message. Then, once he starts leaving it on the plate, or thinks about throwing it, but stops himself….praise the HECK out of him. Throw a verbal party filled w/ “Good Jobs!” and high fives :) Let me know how things work out!

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