3yo - whining and mealtime issues

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Registered: 10-07-2006
3yo - whining and mealtime issues
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Mon, 01-10-2011 - 10:01pm

I have three year old (10/07) twin girls they have been making me crazy lately.

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Registered: 12-29-2010
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 3:50am

First of all, are you sure they have their energy back completely? I know my DS is a bit clingy after he has been sick and waiting to get his energy back but once it returns he goes back to being his independent self. If you are sure they are well, maybe you could introduce 'cuddle time' into the play time. This worked well for my DS when he went through a period like this. I told him we were going to have 5 minutes of play and then a hug. I would put him down and sit on the floor and he would play with his toys and after 5 minutes i said 'hug time' and he came over and gave me a hug. The next time I spaced it out a little longer - 7 minutes - and then 'hug time' etc. After a while he started coming over to me in the middle of play to give me a hug and then he just stopped it completely.

As far as the eating goes, you can try one of two things - saying you will feed them half and then they have to eat the rest by themselves (or each have a fork), or you can just refuse to feed them and take away their plate after a reasonable amount of time and tell them dinner is over. They won't starve by missing one meal and they will probable be hungry enough to feed themselves again at the next meal. You have to stick with it though and not cave into the 'ok, one mouthful'.

Goodluck!