Dawn - posted on 06/22/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
I am looking for input on what is appropriate to expect from a 16 month old during meals. I know all children are going to play with their food and that it is good for their development to do so, but when do you begin to teach then how to behave at the table? For the most part I eat all meals with my son and my husband usually eats dinner with us. At every meal, my son takes a few bites then starts squishing the food between his hands, then starts throwing it off the side of his chair, then bangs his fork and cup around, then tries to grab everything within arms reach that he shouldn't touch, then tries to empty his cup on the table so he can splash around, etc, etc, etc!! I let him do this as long as he is happy; when he no longer wants to be at the table, I wipe him clean and send him off when I finish eating. My husband has always been sensitive to him making a mess with his food but now I am getting a little tired of this stage and would like to encourage my son to eat a little nicer. The main reason is because he seems to be eating less and playing more now that I have encouraged it. Would I be expecting too much to try and teach him some table manners? If not, any suggestions?