When eat meets shovel
August 19, 2012 7:46 PM Subscribe
How do I get my toddler to stop shoveling in his food and take his time?
posted by Leezie to human relations (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Toddler L has always been a good eater. We never had any failure to thrive issues and he is already pretty tall and muscular. But, the child eats like a bulldozer. He grabs large fistfuls of it and shoves it in his mouth only to then grab another fistful and shove that in his mouth. We are not concerned about his weight. He's proportional and very active.
We've tried taking away the food until he finishes swallowing the last shoveling, but this just makes his shriek out of frustration. How do we teach him portion control, taking small bites, eating slowly and enjoying his food?
Even when he's taking small bites initially say of a cracker, when he gets about halfway through, he starts to shovel it in. Neither I nor his dad eat this way, and he knows that he's not going to starve. So what is going on?