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how should I treat my 2 yr old when he have tantrums and throw his food on the floor ?

I don't know what should I do or how should I treat my 2yr old when he take his lunch and then just throw it onto the floor. please help
In Topics: Discipline and behavior challenges
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What the Expert Says:

We're sorry to hear that your 2-year-old is giving you such trouble.  It's very frustrating for us adults to see food hit the floor, so we can imagine how stressed this must make you!

First off, you can tackle the problem of tantrums in general by making sure that you don't give into them.  If he throws a fit because he wants to eat his dessert first, for example, make sure you don't fold and give him his dessert!  Otherwise, you're actually teaching him to throw fits to get what he wants.

Second, be aware of when he might have a tantrum.  For example, if you know he doesn't like brussel spouts but you put one on his plate anyway, there's definitely a chance that he might throw food, right?  Therefore, try warning him before you even give him the food.  You can use a "carrot on a stick" by telling him, "Remember, if you eat this one little brussel sprout, you get pudding for dessert."  By the time you set his plate down, he'll probably be pouting but he won't be shocked at the sight of the unwanted food. This will hopefully prevent him from throwing his food.

Good luck!

MKM, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
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lrpeoples
lrpeoples , Parent writes:
Give him a time out to think about what he did and then speak with him and let him know that is behavior is not right and have him help you clean up the mess he created.
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PositivelyMe
PositivelyMe , Teacher, Parent writes:
Be consistent in your response. No anger, simply show him the consequences for his actions. He throws food, you slap his hand, say no. He does it again, you take away his food. He won't starve. Feed him again in two hours. What are you watching on TV? If he sees anger or violence he will continue displaying it. Do you have this child on a schedule? Does he get up at the same time every day, meals at the same time, story time, play time, etc? Sometimes mommy is there, but isn't giving the child real attention - she's on the phone, on the computer, watching TV, and isn't really training her child. He could be trying to get your attention, or he simply needs to know who's boss.
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