My older son eats very politely and is just generally a tidy child in general. I barely even have to wipe his face after a meal.
My younger son, no matter what he's eating, ends up with food EVERYWHERE. In his hair, all over his face, in between his fingers, all over his chair and the floor. He isn't throwing food or anything like that, He's just . . . enthusiastic. He licks the peanut butter off his sandwiches instead of taking bites. He pulls all the cheese off his pizza and rips off bites with his fingers, etc.
I've tried taking food away when he starts being gross. I've tried time-outs. I've tried ignoring it. Nothing works except a wipes bath after every meal and a real bath every night! Should I be doing something else about this? Wait til he outgrows this phase? I'm pretty sure he's going to be the kid in the elementary school cafeteria that the other kids are daring to eat gross food combinations.