Keep Your Kid's Age in Mind
If your child managed to get his entire lunch all himself, remember, he’s just a kid. “Our kids start off as little wild animals," Manhattan pediatrician Dr. Cheryl Wu says, "so a lot of behaviors they exhibit early on have a savage, animal-like quality to them—like taking things from each other, hitting each other, making a huge mess when they eat, and not caring if they're completely filthy.” Remember, this is something all parents have to deal with! As your child’s social maturity develops, basic rules will begin to click. In the interim, simply hand him a napkin and smile.