My daughter is three years old. I find it takes hours to feed her one meal. She has always been obnoxious while eating. She doesn’t chew the bite; instead, she keeps it in her mouth and sucks it like a candy. I have tried to teach her how to eat without luck. Please tell me what this is about and how to fix it!
As parents, we often play the role of teacher. When we teach a life skill, for instance to say thank you or to flush the toilet, we feel great when our kids ‘get it’ and so do they. When we teach skills such as chewing and they don’t catch on, we can get busy with our own frustrations and forget this is a time to think and question, not react, to something we thought should be so easy.
When we teach we learn a great deal about our children and ourselves. The learning, here, is that this simple task can’t easily be learned by your daughter. Further strategies will depend on what questions we ask and what answers we get.
I would ask the following: