So your toddler won’t eat, and you don’t know what to do? First, let me clarify by saying that this post is intended to deal with situations where your toddler just doesn’t want to eat. If your child is sick, that’s another matter. Parents – remember the last time you were really sick? You probably didn’t want to eat either.
Before we jump into any solutions, let’s think back to when we were kids. If you were playing outside with a group of friends and your mother or father opened the front door to shout, “Johnny – come inside for dinner right now!” … did you feel like eating? Of course not! You were having too much fun doing whatever else you were doing. Your toddlers or older children feel the same way that you did back then. If they are busy with other things, they don’t want to eat right now.
So how do you change this? With toddlers it can be pretty easy. All you need to do is distract them from what they are doing through questions or actions. Once distracted, you can start to lead them in any path that you want to, so long as you keep their attention fully engaged. Remember – the LAST thing you should do is simply start demanding things such as “get to the table right now, it’s time to eat”. That just won’t work. You’ll be inviting a fight or a tantrum.
Always always always use more graceful language tactics to get your way with toddlers. It’s just easier. You can learn all about my methods by checking out my audio course. That is if you are interested in improving child behavior.