You know we've all done it. Especially we mothers. When we were younger and growing up in our parents' house, our mom or dad would punish us or discipline us in such a way that we would say "I'll never do that to my kids!" Now, as a mom myself, I can very accurately say... HA! Yeah I will!
To be honest, I have no recollection whether or not my parents made me, or my brothers, sit at the dinner table until we ate our vegetables. I don't think that it was one of the discipline measures my parents had to take (not because I was so great at eating veggies but because they more likely employed the "go to your room" consequence) but it is a classic parenting technique, right?
Drew's been having a hard time lately eating dinner. He loves breakfast, and probably eats the best at lunch, but for whatever reason he doesn't seem to like dinner. Unless we're having cheeseburgers or pizza, he can sit at the table while Brad and I eat and leave his plate untouched. I at least like for him to eat his veggies, so we've been telling him he will not be able to have a bedtime snack unless he eats. This works, as Brad and I stick to our guns and follow through with the consequence, but it doesn't get Drew to eat and it doesn't stop him from asking for a snack 10 minutes after he gets down from the table. So last night, I decided to try something new.
"Drew, you have two choices. You can either eat your veggies, or you can sit at the table until bed time [two hours away!]."
I don't think he totally understood.
Thankfully, after I had the dishes cleaned up and left the kitchen, Drew got a bit more anxious about his punishment, and after about 30 minutes opted to eat his beans.
Believe me, if that kid had to sit there for two hours, I would have let him. It was a battle of wills. And Drew wasn't going to win.
I'm open to ideas and tips on how to get a toddler to eat. I'll try just about anything...