I feel like I'm here with a new problem every day. TIA for being patient with me. We've been having a tough time lately.
Ds is back to throwing food. Virtually every single food item we give him. Even the "treats" he asks for (lollies, smarties). I'll sit down right beside him, and before I can grab his arm, his food is on the floor. I've tried not saying anything, saying "food stays on the table or goes in mouth," and "if you throw your food on the floor, we will be all done." So he did not eat any breakfast this morning. I have had it with cleaning up every single time and trying to reason with him.
I know this is partially an impulse control thing. I can handle it occasionally. But something is motivating him to do this. Any ideas? Should I be hand-feeding him everything? When I do that, he'll say "I do it" and cry. Are there ways I could be handling this better? We're pretty much non-coercive, but I am not capable personally of allowing him to repeatedly dump out his food and just give him more.
He's doing something similar with our dog. Throwing things at her. I really don't think this is impulse control, since when he's "in the mood", he'll do it repeatedly after much explaining on our part that he is hurting/scaring her. After he throws something at her, and we talk to him, he'll say "Georgia so cute, Georgia so nice." and hug her. But he also says, "that's funny" or "that's silly" when we tell him how he's hurting her (or one of us.)
He also has ample opportunity for throwing other things. He has plenty of safe things that he can throw, in the house and out.