Feeding problems: Bad table manners

Feeding problems: Bad table manners

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The problem

Teaching your child table manners can begin as soon as he starts eating solid food. So whether he's still in a highchair or has graduated to a big boy seat at the family dinner table, it's never too early to instill good habits.

For example, although mealtime is a social experience, teaching your child not to talk when he has food in his mouth is not only good manners, but it can also prevent gagging or choking.

What you can do

Time it right. For starters, make sure your child is not too tired to eat, says Olivia Bennett Wood, associate professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University. And make sure he's hungry. No snacking for at least an hour before the meal.

Be patient. Mealtimes are a messy affair as toddlers explore new foods and work on mastering self-feeding skills. By 15 months, most children should be able to control a spoon fairly well, but some children still make a mess at mealtime long past their second birthday.

Plan your course of action. Different behaviors call for different responses. For example, if your child has taken to flinging food or banging his spoon, the best reaction is no reaction. Making him the focus of attention even when he's behaving at the table may encourage him to show off, too. But once a child realizes his behavior isn't gaining him any attention – positive or negative – he'll often stop.

Sometimes more drastic measures are necessary. A child learns that certain behavior – such as flinging food or arguing with a sibling – is unacceptable when he realizes it's not tolerated at the table. Putting your child in a time-out until he feels ready to rejoin the family teaches him that he's expected to act a certain way while eating.

Children look to their parents for cues about how to behave at the table, so above all model the behavior that you want your child to imitate. And do pay attention to what he does right and praise him when he behaves well at the table.

Watch the video: Modern Japanese Table Manners (June 2022).


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