Dear Auntie Vi
My toddler has recently start throwing food again and it's driving me crazy. I try to make her tasty, nutritious meals, and really hate seeing it all end up on the floor, especially when it's obvious that she's doing it on purpose.
I've tried telling her "No" in a stern voice, but she just laughs at me.
I've tried turning her high chair around to face the wall and ignoring her, but even though the lack of attention upsets her, it doesn't stop her from throwing food at the very next meal.
I've also tried taking her food away as soon as it starts hitting the floor, but this has no effect either (she's probably no longer hungry by then).
What can I do? I'm sick of picking up bits of rice and peas off the floor.
Frustrated of Nappy Valley
In my experience, only one thing has worked so far in stopping one's child from throwing food.
And that is, to take it away from them while they are still eating.