I come seeking your parenting advice. How does one get a talkative child to stop talking and actually eat?
And assuming you can get them to eat, how do you get them to try and love different foods? (though that's probably a question I need answered another day)
Mealtime is becoming the absolute bain of my existence, and I'm finding that I'm letting G-Man get away with eating the same rotation of foods just to ensure that he will EAT SOMETHING.
Tonight nearly did me in.
The kids and I went on a walk to see the bluebonnets in a park near our house and collect some rocks. When we got finished, we went to Target to replace toothbrushes now that everyone is on antibiotics and on the mend. Since we were at Target, and it's a mutual night, we met Diggity for dinner at Potbelly. Diggity and I love their salads, but G-Man is not a fan of their sandwiches. But he asked for a sandwich and then once he had it, proceeded not to eat it.
In the past, I've let him eat a couple bites and fill up on other things, but the child is almost 5 and needs to learn to eat, so tonight, I dug my heels in. And he dug right back. I don't think I've ever seen a child that needs to chew his food so thoroughly. Threats, ignoring, cajoling...pretty much everything but straight up bribery (which I've also done in the past). Diggity finally had to leave for mutual, and we stayed another 40 minutes until that child finished half of his sandwich, bringing our total time in the restaurant to 70 minutes or so. For one half of a sandwich.
Here's how L felt about it:
I concur, sister.
Though I've been assured many times that this situation will change, and I know that when he's a teenager and I can't keep food in the house I may look back with fondness at this time, I can't help but wonder...what can I do? What have you done?