me: How do you know you don't like it if you haven't tried it?
a: because I don't!
me: ava, please don't act like that. Your brother is watching you and he is going to copy you. No whining - behave right now!
a: but I'm NOT whining [raising her voice and squinting her nose]
me: ava, can you smile for the camera please?
and then the copycat makes his funny face too...
Dinner time can become somewhat of a dramatic show. There's a plethora of parenting articles speaking about this subject, from tips on table ettiquete, to handling negative behavior, to even converting picky eaters - Too many scenarious to list here.
Maybe she's declared she doesn't like peas because they are round or green - and she wasn't referring to the taste... so in that instance, her proclaimation was very valid. Her reaction, squinty nose and all, was also warranted - because I raised my voice first - frustration fueled by my own exhaustion. I realize I won't get it right every time, but I think the key to happy dining is consistency.
Here are some of our tips:
- Offering a variety of healthy veggies with their meals should be ongoing and not just at meal times. Offering veggies as snacks are a great way to catch them in a different mood and time of day. There's no telling, when green will be in again.
[sigh] to be continued...