I'm a parenting pro and here's my three tips to stop your kids throwing food – my 'no thank you' bowl is a game changer | The SunMarch 16, 2023
A PARENTING pro has revealed three easy ways to stop your kids from throwing their food on the floor – and claims her ‘no thank you’ bowl is a game changer.
Mum-of-four June Quan shared that setting expectations and seating your children at the table could also help avoid waste and mess.
The mum, known online as @stirandstyle, who has two sets of twins, regularly shares parenting tips with her 440,000 followers.
In a new Instagram reel, she said: “Try this if your kids are throwing food.
“Number one, instead of repeating ‘no’, ‘stop’, ‘don’t’, let them know what they can do.”
June suggests using phrases like, ‘food is for eating, not for throwing’ to get the message across.
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She continued: “Two, seat them at the table instead of using a tray.
“It’s less tempting and less accessible to throw when their seats are pushed in.”
However, it’s the third tip she thought most parents might find useful.
She added: “Number three, introduce a ‘no thank you’ bowl.
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“Often they throw because they want to remove the food they don’t want from their space.
“The bowl (instead of the floor) is a designated place for anything they don’t want.
“Before you know it, the ‘no thank you’ bowl will be a natural part of mealtime.
“They even end up eating the food from the bowel later in the meal.”
Below the video, she added: "These 3 tips are what we learned along the way during the evolution of our solid food journey with Harper and Knox.
“Knowing what we do now and how effective this was, when we do it again with Zayn and Silas, we will do all 3 steps at the same time from the start.
“We started Baby Led Weaning at 6 months. When the food throwing started getting too distracting and messy, we removed the tray and sat them at the table at 16 months.
“Then we learned about the “no thank you” bowl and introduced it right away at 18 months (would’ve done it way soon had we known about it).
“They’re 22 months now and mealtime is (and has always been) one of everyone’s favorite activities!”
Fans loved her quick and simple tips, with the video gaining more than 33,200 likes and 1.5 million views.
In the comments, other parents shared their thoughts, with one writing: “Ooh thank you! My toddler must be practicing her pitching arm cuz she's in a throwing food phase.”
“She added 1 bowl and trust me it works. Food isn’t meant to be thrown on the floor for the dogs to lick up… This creates less mess and her kids can go back to the bowl if they want to try it again… I love this mother for always showing what works for her family,” another said.
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A third commented: “Even if no one ate it, at least it’s not creating sticky spots on the floor.”
Although not all were convinced, with another adding: “I applaud you for the serene approach but I am laughing out loud at how unlikely this is for many people who are very very busy and do not have the luxury of time on their side.”
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