My daughter refuses to finish her lunch because she wants to open up her new gift, a Cinderella castle made of Lego.
So she’s at the floor moping, whining and refusing to eat her lunch.
It’s dirty on the floor, but she doesn’t care. She wants to play Lego with her daddy, and SHE MUST BE FOLLOWED.
Mind you, she just turned 3 last December.
This is going to be fun.
So, we stick it in: No reward if you don’t listen to Mommy and daddy.
She goes around the living room.
She plays with other toys.
She goes to the kitchen.
Crosses her arms and pouts several times.
We push her to eat.
Lord, she is stubborn.
She tries to stall, cry, whine and delay the process.
We stick it out.
Today’s our rest day and we have nowhere to go.
Finally, she eats.
She eats hesitantly, still goes around the dining area, but she eats.
And finishes her corn.
“Now Cinderella castle?” she asks me.
“Sure, Cinderella castle,” I replied.
It was an old gift given to her by her grandmother. It’s really for her anyway.
She is happy.
Now, she and her dad play the Lego castle this afternoon.
Sigh, since when did 3 year old kids start to reason out like this? When I was a kid, my dad’s rule was law and everyone simply listened and followed.
My 3 year old has her own mind. She wants to be followed. And she sulks when she doesn’t get her way.
“Mommy and daddy fight with me,” she would say.
Well, she’s 3.
We make the rules, and kids must follow them. And if they don’t, we won’t lift a single finger and give them what they want.
Looks like it’s working. 😇😍❤️
To more fights and adventures ahead!