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We are having mealtime issues. Possibly I should say Carson is having mealtime issues, as in: He never eats. Possibly I should say I am having mealtime issues because my son doesn’t eat the meals I lovingly prepare and toil over. Oh and they’re the meal he specifically asked for.
Here’s how a typical day goes down.
“Carson would you like waffles or cereal for breakfast?”
Note how I offered him two choices, rather than just saying “What do you want for breakfast.” This should count for some points in my favor as far as good parenting is concerned. I’m just sayin’.
“Waffles! Blueberry waffles!” he says, so convincingly that I’m certain that despite past behavior, TODAY he’s actually going to eat those gosh darn waffles!
Note that I’m aware of the definition of insanity…”doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Um. Yeah.
Once the waffles are served, Carson REFUSES TO EAT THE GOSH DARN WAFFLES *spoken thru clenched teeth, with a firm scowl*. Sonuvabitch.
I calmly (yeah, right) explain to Carson that this is breakfast and if he chooses not to eat, that’s fine, but there will be nothing else to eat until lunch time.
Twenty DAMN minutes after breakfast, he starts begging for a snack and continues to beg until lunchtime when I serve him his requested lunch of PB&J and peaches.
Which he doesn’t eat. Instead he drinks his milk, in one giant gulp and pronounces lunchtime over.
Twenty DAMN minutes after lunch, he starts the snack begging AGAIN.
Dinner: see also Breakfast and Lunch.
I KNOW that he’s not going to starve and that he’ll eat when he’s hungry. I also know that he’s filling up on milk and then not feeling hungry, so I’ve already banned liquids from mealtimes. I’ve also considered just putting his breakfast/lunch/dinner in the fridge and giving that to him when he asks for a snack.
I’m torn as to whether I should continue to be firm in not giving him a snack when he hasn’t eaten even one bite of his meal, or giving him his uneaten meal as a snack, not letting him drink milk with his meal, or if I should lock my doors and wait for Child Services to come a-knockin’.
Also, I’m trying really, really hard not to let this be a power struggle. But FRICKITY FRACK, I’m not his personal restaurant and he cannot survive on milk and snacks alone! Certainly Dr. Sears or Dr. Brazelton or Dr. Whothefrickever wouldn’t approve of a diet rich in milk and John Deere fruit snacks.
Put on your best assvice thinking caps and let your vast parenting knowledge flow. Carson’s future depends on it.