Thought I would bring up the fact that we are a tough love kind of family. Lately this has been very apparent at dinner time. Landon has decided this is control time. He is going to fight for something. It has nothing to do with food. He just wants to see what he can get away with. He stabs his food and waves it around. He makes the broccoli dance. Going to potty 4 times after we start dinner. Dinner is taking like 45 minutes and driving us insane.
When he starts acting out, we start with warnings. “If you don’t calm down and finish your dinner, there will be no time for TV” Ya know, basic facts. Then we step it up, ” Please eat all your X of there will be no special treat”. His ears perk up. Sometimes he takes the cue and eats but sometimes the screams and whines start. Then to avoid spaghetti on my damn carpet, the plate is taken away. This usually results in more screams and cries but he knows he has to calm down and ask nicely to get it back. Strangely enough, this usually works. He is asking for that food and eating it the minute it comes back. Now sometimes the behavior is so bad, it results in time out. This doesn’t really help our marathon dinners but sometimes…tough love is needed. We don’t tolerate goofing around when eating. It is just something Kevin and I agree on. Table manners have to start somewhere and we say here.
What say you?
And because he isn’t always a hellion, here is a video of Landon showing his toddler dinner
And a few toddler dinners for the week: