You have friends over dinner and serve ice cream for dessert. Once your toddler has finished her ice cream, she starts reaching for your friend’s unfinished dessert and cries. Your friend says, “That’s fine. I was almost finished.” What do you do?
Serve your child some more of her OWN ice cream: “I see you want more but we don’t eat off other people’s plates.”
Tell your friend: “I appreciate your kindness but she’s had enough."
Take your child out of her high chair and to her room for time out.
Try to explain to your child over the dinner table that it’s not okay to eat off of other people’s plates and ask them to “PLEASE stop crying.”