Charlotte: “Mom, when I am chewing I have something to say, but when I don’t have anything in my mouth, I don’t have anything to say.”

This is my first grader’s problem. I am often on her to not talk with her mouth full. At 6 years old, I feel she should be putting that in practice more often. But it does seem to be true; her participation in dinner conversation is most robust when she’s got a mouth full of food.

I really don’t think she’s trying to mess with me. There does appear to be some kind of Pavlovian response each time she feeds her face.


What else can we do besides reminding her to finish chewing before talking, and continuing to model the behavior I’m asking for? Cuz it is pretty gross.


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