Most, if not all, toddlers will go through a stage where they will happily throw any item that happens to be within arm’s reach. Because of the co-ordination and muscle control it takes to throw an object, it’s actually quite an achievement.
However, while you may be proud of your child’s development, there are times when you’d rather they didn’t practice their new skill.
Instead of trying to stop your toddler from throwing everything, focus on giving your child objects that he or she can throw instead. That way, you avoid the frustration of cleaning up after them, and they get to practise their motor skills.
Attaching items to the front of your pram and car seat with short lengths of string or elastic is a good way to do this. That way, your toddler can throw the items, and then retrieve them too.
Opt for dishes with suction cups underneath, so your toddler’s meals don’t end up on the floor, and serve smaller portions of finger foods, so that your child can finish that first, before you serve more.
Provide your child with balls and other toys that can be thrown so that, when you do enforce the no throwing rule with other items, he or she has an alternative.